Samyukta Kisan Morcha to hold dharna against Ajay Mishra Teni
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which led the successful agitation against three farm laws, will hold a dharna from August 18 to 20 in Lakhimpur Kheri demanding suspension and arrest of Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni over last year’s massacre of farmers.
The Morcha will also organise protests across Uttar Pradesh from August 7 to 14 against the Agnipath scheme of armed forces recruitment, under which three-fourths of the inductees would be demobbed after four years without pension or gratuity.
Teni’s son Ashis Mishra is accused of running over and killing four farmers and a journalist, with a jeep registered in his father’s name, at Tikunia in Lakhimpur Kheri district on October 3 last year.
“We shall organise 72 hours of dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri from August 18 to 20 to force the Centre to suspend Teni as Union minister,” Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said after a meeting of the Morcha in Ghaziabad on Sunday.
“We are also demanding his arrest since it was his plan to crush the farmers under the wheels of his car because of a protest going on there against him.”
Ashis is in jail custody with 12 associates. Teni continues to be Union minister of home for state.
“There is a (different) murder case against Teni,” Tikait said. “But the Prime Minister stands by him. We will spearhead a campaign against the Centre if (Narendra) Modi ignores our demands.”
For the anti-Agnipath rallies, Tikait said, “We have invited ex-servicemen to explain why the scheme is anti-youth and will affect the armed forces’ morale. Four years of service followed by retirement without benefits will destroy a generation.”