Agitating farmers today held a ‘rail roko’ agitation to register their protest against the three controversial farm laws and to press their demand for the removal of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Misra from the government over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
The agitation, called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), concluded at Modinagar railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad this evening after half an hour sit-in protest by the farmers on the tracks.
The six-hour agitation aimed at halting rail traffic across the nation resulted in the cancellation and diversion of several states in Punjab and Haryana.
The farmers concluded their protest after submitting a memorandum to the local administration. During their protest, agitating farmers sat on the railway track and on a goods carrying train which was standing at the track and started shouting slogans to register their protest.
Due to the Rail Roko protest of farmer organization, Delhi police has deployed its personnel at strategic points at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station in the national capital.
Informing about the development Deputy Commissioner of Police Esha Pandey said “This is just a preventive action to deploy police personnel.”
Adding further she stated that the steps have been taken as a precautionary step to avoid any mishappening keeping in view the farmers’ agitation call.
The police can be seen deployed in heavy numbers inside and outside the premises of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station that is located in the southeast part of Delhi.
The farmers’ umbrella body — Samyukt Kisan Morcha — has given a call for six-hour-long Rail Roko agitation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., demanding the ouster of Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Ajay Misra Teni over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence which claimed lives of nine people including four farmers.” We wanted to put pressure on the Modi Government to take action against Ajay Misra Teni, instead of defending him and his son,” said a farmer leader.
In a bid to counter any untoward incident, the cops were seen patrolling on the platforms of the railway station. “It is peaceful here and so far no incident has been reported.” The agitation began at 10 a.m. and so far 30 locations in the different parts of Punjab and Haryana have been affected. Reports coming from other railway stations in Delhi were similar. Delhi Cantonment railway station also witnessed a heavy presence of police personnel. “We have deployed an adequate number of police personnel and the situation is normal,” a police official said.