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Farmers Hold Rail Roko Protests Demanding Minister’s Removal Over Lakhimpur Violence

Mumbai: Farmers on Monday blocked railway tracks in parts of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Bihar and Karnataka as they staged ‘Rail Roko’ agitation demanding the removal of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, whose son was arrested in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.

“As of now, 30 locations are affected and 8 trains regulated in the Northern Railway zone,” a spokesperson of the Northern Railway said as per ANI report.

An official spokesman said that farmers protesting in Punjab started jamming four sections of the Firozpur Railway Division from 5.15 am. In Haryana too, farmers staged a sit-in on the railway track in Bahadurgarh in protest against the violence. Officials have deployed Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel at Sonepat railway station to maintain security.

Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh, police have imposed Section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits the assembly of four people in an area. The police have also warned of strict action against those involved in the agitation. Police announced earlier in the day, those found violating the rule or “attempting to disrupt normalcy would be booked under the National Security Act.”

On October 3, at least eight people were killed when a vehicle rammed into farmers returning to protest against the Centre’s three agricultural laws. The United Kisan Morcha (SKM), which has been spearheading the movement since last year, has alleged that Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was sitting in a vehicle that crushed farmers.

The deceased in the incident included four farmers and a journalist.

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