HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The agitations have been called by Kisan Morcha (SKM), to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence
  • · The police have stated that Section 144 has been imposed in Lucknow, preventing a gathering of more than four
  • · The agitations have started from 10 am and are scheduled to continue to 4 pm

On Monday, Uttar Pradesh police have alerted to take severe actions against those who will be participating in the ‘Rail Roko’ agitations, called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. The police have stated that Section 144, which prohibits a gathering of more than four people at a place, has been imposed in the UP capital Lucknow.

They have further added that protestors violating legal norms or trying to disrupt normalcy, “will be booked under the National Security Act (NSA).” A call for ‘Rail Roko’ was given by the farmers on Monday, in order to demand the resignation of Ajay Mishra, the Centre minister of state for home affairs. Ajay’s son Ashish Mishra was directly indulged in the brutal incident of Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3, which led to the killing of 8 people including 4 farmers.

Dhruva Kant Thakur, the Police Commissioner of Lucknow, has instructed his officials to disallow any “anti-national activity” from taking place. The agitations have started from 10 am and are scheduled to continue to 4 pm. The farmer’s body on Sunday has stated the intentions of the stir, “to press for its demand for Ajay Mishra’s dismissal and arrest so that justice can be secured in Lakhimpur Kheri violence, SKM has announced a nation-wide rail rook program on October 18.” They have further said that the protests will be held “peacefully, without any destruction and damage of any kind to any railway property.”

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