Farmers squatted on rail tracks in several locations across Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan on Monday morning as part of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s six-hour “rail roko” protest over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, causing train movement to be hampered in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
“To demand Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s dismissal and arrest, so that justice may be served in the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre,” claimed the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella organization of farmer unions driving the movement against the Centre’s Agri legislation.
On Monday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., SKM issued a call to halt train activity.
The strike impacted 150 points in the Northern Railway zone, halting the operation of 60 trains and inconveniencing customers who were spotted waiting for long periods with their luggage.
Due to the protest, rail traffic in Rajasthan and Haryana was disrupted, with 18 trains canceled, ten partially canceled, and one diverted in the North Western Railway (NWR) zone. Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Moga, Patiala, and Ferozepur in Punjab, as well as Charkhi Dadri, Sonipat, Kurukshetra, Jind, Karnal, and Hisar in Haryana, conducted agitations.
Workers from the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) staged a dharna on rail tracks in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, to stop the Amritsar-Delhi and Jalandhar Express trains. The demonstrators delayed trains at Meerut and Greater Noida’s Dankaur stations, according to BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik.
Farmers in Modinagar, Ghaziabad, staged a protest in front of a cargo train that had already arrived at its destination