NEW DELHI: Farmer leaders have demanded the arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Tenny and his son Ashish Mishra on charges of involvement in the October Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
The Sammilita Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella organization of the Krishak Union, has said that if their demands are not met, there will be continuous protests across India.
At a press conference, SKM leaders said Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra Tenny would be sacked from the cabinet and arrested on charges of spreading separatism and murder and conspiracy.
They added that his son Ashish Mishra, also known as Manu, and his associates should also be arrested immediately.
Calling the Lakhimpur violence a “premeditated conspiracy”, SKM said that if the demands were not met by October 11, it would trigger a series of protests across the country.
On October 12, SKM is planning to launch a “Shaheed Kisan Jatra” which will take the bodies of dead farmers out of Lakhimpur creek.
Then on October 15, SKM said it would burn effigies of BJP leaders on the occasion of Dussehra.
Rail Rocco protests will also be organized across the country on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On October 2, the Morcha plans to hold a mahapanchayat in Lucknow to protest the incident.
The son of the Union Minister appeared for questioning
Meanwhile, Ashish, son of MOS Mishra, appeared before the SIT on Saturday in connection with the incident.
Ashish Mishra appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) before 11 a.m. The time mentioned in the second interrogation on Friday was given to him the day before after he was produced for questioning on Friday.
Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu ended his “silent protest” after presenting the minister’s son for questioning.
The Punjab Congress unit chief started his ‘Moon Dharna’ outside the house of Ram Kashyap, a local journalist from Nighasan tehsil, from 1.15 pm on Friday. The protest ended around 11:30 am on Saturday
Kashyap also died in the incident in October.
Four farmers were killed by an SUV in Lakhimpur Kheri when a group protesting against three new farm laws at the Center staged a protest against the visit of UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshab Prasad Maurya.
The farmers claimed that Mishra’s son Ashish was in the SUV which was among the protesters, a claim strongly denied by the Union Minister.
Two BJP workers and a driver were beaten to death by angry protesters, and a local journalist was also killed in the violence.
(With input from PTI)


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