Farmers protested at hundreds of places all over India on Tuesday to demand the arrest and sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’, whose son is an accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case in which nine people, including four farmers and a journalist were killed, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) said in a statement.
It said the farmers also completed 11 months of the "anti-agri law" protests on Tuesday. The umbrella body of farmer unions added that protests were held in Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.
"Today, responding to SKM’s call, protests were organised at hundreds of places all over India, to demand the immediate arrest and sacking of Ajay Mishra Teni, the ‘sutradhaar’ of the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre. The protests took various forms including marches, motorcycle rallies, sit-ins etc," it said in the statement.
The SKM hailed the farmers agitating at Delhi borders for the last 11 months against the Centre’s three farm laws. "In these largest such protests anywhere in the world, farmers have been demanding that their livelihoods be protected from corporate loot in unregulated markets.
Farmers have been asking for a repeal of the three anti-farmer pro-corporate laws thrust upon them undemocratically and unconstitutionally, and for a law that guarantees MSP for all farmers," it said.
It added that farmers will not go home until their demands are fulfilled. The ‘Shaheed Kisan Asthi Kalash Yatras’ held to pay homage to the victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence travelled through several districts across several States.
"Yesterday, such yatras went through Sitapur, Kaushambi and Aligarh districts of Uttar Pradesh. Asthi Kalash was received in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. Today is the last day of the yatra in Tamil Nadu, and the ashes will be immersed in the sea at Vedaranyam. The Shaheed Kalash Yatra ended in Odisha today after the ashes were immersed in Daya River, historically documented as the river that changed the heart of Emperor Ashoka," the SKM said.
In Andhra Pradesh, the yatra ended with the immersion of the ashes in the Krishna River near Vijayawada. In Maharashtra, the yatra will begin in Pune on Wednesday from Mahatma Jyotirao Phule’s house, ending with a Kisan Mazdoor Mahapanchayat in Mumbai at the Hutatma Chowk on November 18. The yatra would reach Mumbai after travelling across 36 districts of Maharashtra.
eight people, including four farmers, were killed in Tikonia area of Lakhimpur Kheri district on October 3 during a protest against the three farms laws. Over 10 accused, including the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, have been arrested so far in the case.