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The farmers’ body has called for a six-hour-long nationwide ”Rail roko” protest. Farmers demanded the dismissal and arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra in connection with the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) had said they will stop all train traffic during the ‘Rail roko’ protest, from 10 am till 4 pm on Monday. A railway official said farmers have blocked four sections of the Firozpur division. The Ferozepur-Fazilka section in Ferozepur city and the Ferozepur-Ludhiana section at Ajitwal in Moga also affected.

Government deployed BSF amid rail roko protest.

The Border Security Force (BSF) has been deployed at Bahadurgarh Railway Station in Haryana. Bahadurgarh Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Pawan Sharma told the media. The farmer unions have called for Rail Roko protests today from 10 am to 4 pm. Therefore, we have tightened the security arrangements here. BSF is here too. We are closely monitoring the situation. Farmer leaders gathered at the railway station demanded the dismissal of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.

The umbrella body of farmers’ unions issued a statement, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM). 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 nationwide rail roko program on October 18. A total of eight people, including four farmers, died in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that took place on October 3. Congress said that it committed to repealing the three farm laws and ensuring a just and fair minimum support price mechanism for India’s farmers and justice for landless farm laborers. The party accused the Modi government of taking steps against the interest of farmers, including imposing GST on fertilizers, pesticides and tractors, and agricultural equipment.

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