NEW DELHI: The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Sunday said ‘rail roko’ protests will be held across the country on October 18 to demand the dismissal and arrest of Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. In a statement, the umbrella body of farmer unions spearheading the farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s three agri laws, said “protests will only be intensified until justice is secured” in the Lakhimpur Kheri case. “To press for its demand for junior home minister Ajay Mishra’s dismissal and arrest, so that justice can be secured in the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre, Samyukt Kisan Morcha has announced a nationwide ‘rail roko’ programme on Monday. SKM put out a call to its constituents to stop rail traffic for six hours on October 18, between 10 am and 4 pm. The SKM asks for this action to be taken up peacefully, without any destruction and damage of any kind to any railway property,” it said. Four of the eight people who died in the violence on October 3 were farmers, allegedly knocked down by a vehicle carrying BJP workers. Farmers then allegedly lynched some people in the vehicles. The other dead included two BJP workers and their driver. Farmers have claimed that Ashish Mishra, son of the Union minister, was in one of the vehicles. The SKM also claimed that at effigy-burning events across UP, many farmer leaders were put under house arrest while some were detained. It said SKM condemned this and asked the UP government not to suppress the right to protest of ordinary citizens.

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