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Rail Roko taken up by thousands of farmers all over India peacefully as per Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s call

Rail Roko taken up by thousands of farmers all over India peacefully as per Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s call

Singhu Border, 18 October (Sangrami Lehar Bureao)- In hundreds of locations across India, protesting farmers have occupied railway tracks and platforms for six hours today, in response to Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s Rail Roko call. Men and women in thousands came out for implementing the Rail Roko plan and in many places, they did so braving heavy rain and downpour. More than 290 trains were reportedly affected and more than 40 trains cancelled. In Uttar Pradesh, there were many detentions of farmer leaders in numerous places by the UP Police. In Madhya Pradesh, the Police arrested protestors in several places like Guna, Gwalior, Rewa, Bamaniya (in Jhabua) and other places. In Kacheguda (Hyderabad) of Telangana also, protestors were arrested. Reports of successful Rail Roko have come in from numerous states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana etc.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha repeats its strong demand that Ajay Mishra Teni be arrested and sacked from the Union Council of Ministers for the Lakhimpur Kheri Farmers Massacre. The Modi Government has to take moral responsibility in addition to doing this as a simple principle of natural justice, to ensure that the investigation is not impacted, the real culprits and masterminds of Lakhimpur Kheri Massacre are arrested; that citizens can look at their government with some semblance of trust and respect only if morality is exhibited. SKM also warns that protests will be intensified further if its demands for justice in Lakhimpur Kheri Massacre are not met.

In several states of the country, yatras to pay homage to the martyrs of Lakhimpur Kheri Massacre are being taken out. In Madhya Pradesh, a Shaheed Kisan Shraddhanjali Padayatra has been planned. In Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, Shaheed Kalash Yatras have started.

The Lokneeti Satyagrah Kisan Jan Jagran Padayatra, which started in Champaran in Bihar on Gandhi Jayanti, is nearing its destination of Varanasi. The Padayatra has covered 17 days of walk so far. It left from Naisra in Ghazipur district this morning, and reached Basupur by the afternoon. The yatris will spend the night in Sidhauna in Ghazipur district tonight. In the last leg of the Padayatra, tomorrow, the foot march will enter Benares district. Today’s question from the yatra to Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi is – “Till when will the indiscriminate looting of natural resources be allowed?”.

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Heavy rains lashed ready-to-harvest crops like paddy, sugarcane, blackgram etc., in several parts of Uttar Pradesh yesterday. Farmers are estimating the losses to be quite high, and a whole season’s investment and efforts being adversely affected. Given the inadequate mechanisms of risk coverage that exist for farmers, whether it is disaster compensation in the form of ‘input subsidy’, or crop insurance, farmers will be forced to bear the brunt of the losses. Samyukt Kisan Morcha demands adequate compensation to be paid by the government for all affected crops/farmers. In Uttar Pradesh, those farmers who have managed to get their harvested paddy to the market, are being looted by traders. Procurement has not begun and farmers are getting significantly lower prices compared to the MSP announced. SKM demands that such looting of farmers be stopped immediately, and procurement to begin urgently.

Meanwhile, cotton farmers in Punjab are continuing with their dharnas at the residence of Punjab’s Finance Minister after talks with government have failed. SKM demands adequate compensation to be paid immediately (Rs.60000 per acre) to all affected farmers.

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