Nearly 10,000 farmers from Punjab will participate in a 72-hour demonstration in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri against the Centre beginning today. The Saiyuki Kisan Morcha organised the rally to “demand justice” in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.
Manjit Singh Rai, the Bharti Kisan Union (Doaba) president, predicted that 10,000 Punjabi farmers would participate in the demonstration. Some people use trains, while others drive on their own, according to Mr Rai. On Wednesday, the farmers departed for Uttar Pradesh.
Farmers are calling for the dismissal of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra, whose son Ashish was detained in connection with the murders of eight persons in Lakhimpur Kheri in October of last year, including four farmers.
Ashish Mishra, reportedly seated in one of the automobiles that crushed the farmers to death, has been granted bail as of July of this year by the Allahabad High Court.
The protesting farmers also want the charges against them that were filed during their year-long strike against the Center’s agricultural legislation, which has since been repealed.
They also want legal protection for the minimum support price of crops and compensation for the families of farmers who lost their lives during the same protest.
This three-day demonstration will also include participation from senior farmer leaders, including Rakesh Tikait, Darshan Pal, and Joginder Singh Ugrahan.