New Delhi: Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) called for a nationwide protest at tehsil and district headquarters from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, to mark the occasion of the completion of 11 months of the farmers’ movement. The farmer body SKM, in an official statement, renewed the demand for arrest and dismissal of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. It added that they have written to the President regarding the same.
“These protests will end with a memorandum addressed to the President of India, submitted through the District Collectors/Magistrates,” SKM said. A total of eight people including four farmers died in the violence that took place in the Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on October 3.
Opening another front against the Centre over farm laws, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday said that he will urge farmers to refrain from voting for BJP in the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Tikait said, “I will urge farmers not to vote for BJP in the upcoming assembly election. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha will oppose the BJP in state assembly elections.”
“We will not field our candidates nor support any political party in the assembly election,” he added.
He said their agitation against the Centre’s three farm laws will continue till the matter is resolved and added “we are also ready to talk to the central government.”
After the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Teni’s son Ashish Mishra and 12 others were arrested after the Supreme Court reprimanded the local police for issuing just summons to the main accused. Local farmers have so far blamed Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra ‘Teni’ and his son for the violence. They were allegedly mowed down by a vehicle that was part of the convoy of the Minister in Lakhimpur Kheri in north-central Uttar Pradesh.
Videos were circulated on social media where an SUV was seen knocking down protesters from behind. So far, Ajay Mishra Teni had refuted the allegations saying that his son was not present at the site of the incident. Ashish reiterated the same and refused the allegations.
Later, several people, including Ashish Mishra, were arrested in the case on Oct 11, 2021.
(With inputs from ANI)