Farmers Union calls for nation-wide protest on Oct 26, seeks MoS Mishra’s arrest

The Bhartiya Kisan Union has called for a nationwide protest on Tuesday (October 26).

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Farmers Union – Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), has called for a nationwide protest on October 26 seeking the arrest of Union MoS (Home) Ajay Mishra, in the connection of Lakhimpur violence. Farmers have been demanding both Ajay Mishra and Ashish Mishra's arrest in connection to the Lakhimpur violence in which 8 (4 farmers, 3 BJP workers and 1 journalist) were killed. 

BKU shared the information on the social media platform Twitter and tweeted (in Hindi), “On October 26, there will be an agitation at district headquarters across the country for the arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Teni. All the workers should agitate with preparation. #FarmersProtest @RakeshTikaitBKU @AHindinews @PTI_News @ANI @AFP @AP @PCITweets @dgpup @AmarUjalaNews @bstvlive”. 

On this, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni said that farmers will stage a dharna at all tehsils and district secretariats and submit a memorandum in the name of the President to the concerned SDM, Tehsildar and Deputy Commissioner. The demonstrations will be held from 11 am to 2 pm.

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Lakhimpur Violence - 

As many as eight people were killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri during a protest staged by farmers. Reportedly, a vehicle intentionally ploughed over the protestors killing farmers and a journalist. After that violence broke out, vehicles were set ablaze and three to four people were brutally lynched.

The farm union leaders have asserted that Union minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni’s son, Ashish was driving the vehicle that crushed farmers. Several viral videos on the internet support the claim of farmers, creating a political upheaval in the state.