Saying Lakhimpur Kheri violence was a “pre-planned conspiracy”, farmer leaders on Saturday said the farmers would conduct ‘rail roko’(stop trains) on October 18 to protest against the incident.
The farmer leaders also demanded that Union Minister Ajay Mishra and his son be arrested in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.
Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader Yogendra Yadav said Ajay Mishra should also be removed from the government as he started this conspiracy, and is also protecting the culprits in the case.
He also said the SKM will burn the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on Dusshera to protest against the violence.
In the incident on Sunday in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, eight people were killed, including four farmers.
Farmer leader Darshan Pal also said the incident was part of a pre-planned conspiracy and the attackers tried to terrorise farmers.
He also claimed that the government has adopted a violent approach against protesting farmers. But “we won't take the path of violence”, Ugrahan asserted.
Four of the eight people who died in the violence on Sunday were farmers, allegedly knocked down by a vehicle carrying BJP workers. Angry farmers then allegedly lynched some people in the vehicles.
The other dead included two BJP workers and their driver.
Farmers claimed that Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles, an allegation denied by him and his father who say they can produce evidence to prove he was at an event at that time.
“We demand Union Minister Ajay Mishra and his son Ashish be arrested,” Ugrahan said.
The SKM also said that on October 18 it will call 'rail roko' to protest the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. (With PTI inputs)