Rail Roko: Stray Protests, But No Major Impact In Uttar Pradesh

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha's 6 hours rail roko protest against Lakhimpur Kheri violence struggled to have a big impression across Uttar Pradesh on Monday,  except for sporadic protests at railway tracks in few localities. Farmers staged brief protests in several parts of the state. Trains halted temporarily at a few stations, according to railway officials, despite substantial police deployment at and near stations.

The farmers' group has called for a countrywide rail roko action to command that Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni be fired and arrested in the Lakhimpur Kheri case.

On October 9, Ashish Mishra, Ajay Mishra's son, was detained in association with the Lakhimpur Kheri case.

Tranquillity has returned to Lakhimpur Kheri, the scene of the incident on 3rd October. The railway system had halted rail service in the area, and the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) had indeed called off its protest.

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In Meerut, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Hapur, and Bijnor, farmers staged sit-ins at railway stations and lines, disrupting the service of more than a dozen trains.

According to Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) communications in charge of Dharmendra Malik, activists stopped trains at Greater Noida's Dankaur station. They rioted in front of a cargo rail that had earlier arrived at its destination in Modinagar, Ghaziabad.

BKU employees in Muzaffarnagar staged a dharna on rail tracks to stop the Amritsar-Delhi and Jalandhar Express trains.

Officials said the BKU workers also held a token demonstration at Mathura's Raya station, after which they evacuated the rail lines.

Farmers braved the rain to obstruct railways on the Lucknow-Bijnor-Najibabad track at the Maujpur junction near Najibabad, according to former state president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) youth wing Digamber Singh.

The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) youth wing Digamber Singh also said that Chandigarh Express and other trains were impacted, adding that the six-hour roadblock lasted until 4 p.m.

Farmers' dharnas (sit-ins) on rail lines and stations in Hapur, Muzaffarnagar, and Saharanpur, according to Singh, have affected train service on the Delhi-Saharanpur and Dehradun lines.

Farmers in Meerut camped on railway rails in Kankerlhera, Sakauti, and Partapur. Manoj Tyagi, a former BKU district president, said that the protests disrupted train service on the Delhi-Punjab tracks.

Strong forces, comprising members of the Rapid Action Force (RAF), were stationed at railway stations and lines to keep the protests quiet.

Rajeev Sabharwal, Additional Director General of Police (Meerut Zone), said the force was stationed in several places.

Rajeev Sabharwal stated that there were no clashes anywhere, and the objection was harmonious.

Certain passengers were inconvenienced as a result of the disturbance, as they were delayed in arriving at their locations.

Amandeep Singh Sandhu, BKU (Tikait) district president, said in Lakhimpur Kheri the SKM has discontinued the rail roko protest in the area.

He also said that the municipality's paddy crops have been damaged by unseasonably wet weather and strong winds, and growers are constantly controlling the harvest. The protest was of little use in Kheri since the railroads had also disrupted train travel.

On Sunday evening, Sandhu sent out a video clip in this regard.

Although SKM leaders abandoning the rail roko protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, the district's railway stations and tracks were outfitted with sophisticated security measures.

In addition to police officers, the Railway Protection Force, railway police, and other security professionals were on high alert.