Farmers block rail tracks and hold protests at 17 different places to mark the anniversary of Lakhimpur Kheri killings
CHANDIGARH — Farmers under the aegis of Kisan Mazdur Sangarash Committee (KMSC) held protest and rail roko programme at 17 different places in Punjab on Monday to mark the anniversary of Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
It may be recalled that eight people were killed on October 3, 2021, after violence erupted during a farmers’ protest, claiming the lives of farmers and BJP workers ahead of a visit to Lakhimpur by UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Four of the dead were farmers who were mowed down by a speeding SUV, belonging to Ashish Mishra, son of union minister Ajay Mishra Teni. One journalist covering the incident was also killed in the incident.
In Amritsar, farmers also blocked the Amritsar-Delhi rail track at Vallah, demanding stern action against the person responsible for the incident.
Addressing the gathering, General Secretary, KMSC, Sarwan Singh Pandher alleged “The conspirator of the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre is still enjoying prime post while the innocent farmers present at the site of the incident have been sent to jail after registration of cases against them.”
Another farmer leader Gurbachan Singh Chaba said the success of the Delhi farmer’s agitation was due to the sacrifice of 750 protesters and Lakhimpur Kheri ‘martyrdom’ was one of the most significant among them.
“Through today’s rail roko agitation we demand that farmers should be released and killers of farmers should be hanged and appropriate action should be taken against those responsible for the Lakhmipur Kheri,” said Chaba. — IANS
Photo: Farmers protest in Punjab on the anniversary of Lakhimpur Kheri incident on October 3.