Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Farmers begin 75-hour dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri, demands sacking of minister Ajay Teni

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) — an umbrella organisation of farm unions — launched a three-day dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri at 11 am on Thursday.

The demands of protesting farmers include the sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni and the release of four farmers jailed in connection with the violence that broke out in October last year in Tikonia area of the district during a protest against the agri farm laws.

Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra is among the accused in the case filed after the violence which took place in Lakhimpur during the protest against the now repealed farm laws. As many as eight people, including four farmers, were killed when a convoy of vehicles, including one belonging to Ajay Mishra, ran over them on October 3, 2021.

The demonstrators claimed they are holding the dharna since despite their demands the government has not sacked Ajay Mishra so far.

Meanwhile the administration had rejected permission to the outfit to hold the dharna saying the venue selected by them is a public place and it will create a hindrance for people.

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