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Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Farmers to observe ‘Shaheed Kisan Diwas’ today

Farmers protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws will observe ‘Shaheed Kisan Diwas’ on Tuesday (October 12) to pay their tribute to the four farmers who lost their lives in the Lakhimpur Violence. 

Farmers who are protesting against the Centre’s three farm bills for the past 10 months will now observe ‘Shaheed Kisan Diwas’ on October 12 to pay their befitting tribute to the farmers who lost their lives in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Four farmers passed away after a car belonging to the convoy of the Union Minister of State (MoS) Ajay Kumar Misra’s son Ashish Kumar Misra ran over the farmers in the Lakhimpur Kheri district. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Monday, in a statement, said, “October 12 (tomorrow) will be marked as Shaheed Kisan Diwas all over India on SKM’s call. Tomorrow, the ‘antim ardaas’ of the martyrs of the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre will take place in Tikunia at Sahebjada Inter College. Preparations are being made for the same and tens of thousands of farmers are expected to join this prayer meeting.” SKM is the umbrella body of about 40 farmer organistaions. 

SKM has appealed to the farmer organisation and progressive groups all across the country to mark the occasion by organising prayer and homage meetings all over the country, followed by candlelight vigils in the evening. The farmers union also urged people to show solidarity with the farmers who lost their life by lighting five candles outside their houses at 8 pm today. SKM also expressed its dismay at no action being taken against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ajay Kumar Misra. Targeting the BJP government at the Centre and the State, the union said, “It is shameful on the part of the Modi government that Ajay Kumari Misra has not been sacked from his ministerial post yet. It was his vehicle that was in the convoy that killed innocent people.”

The umbrella body that has been at the forefront of leading the protest against the Centre’s three farm bills also said that farmers will mark the auspicious occasion of Dussehra by burning the effigies of the BJP leaders on October 15. More than 11 rounds of dialogue have happened till now between the BJP’s Union Government and the protesting farmers but till now there has not been a big breakthrough. The farmer union have not said anything about the four other people who also died in the Lakhimpur Kheri Violence apart from four farmers. 

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