Demanding the dismissal of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) blocked rail traffic for three hours from Monday noon on the first anniversary of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that claimed eight lives.

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KMSC general secretary Sarwan Singh Pander said, “We are holding protests at 17 locations in the region. Rail traffic has been blocked on Amritsar-Delhi, Amritsar-Khemkaran and Amritsar-Pathankot lines. We will burn the effigy of the central government at eight locations namely Muktsar, Mansa, Barnala, Malerkotla, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Rupnagar and Naba to protest the lack of action against Mishra.”

Farmers staged protests in Tikuniya village on October 3 last year against the visit of then Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya when four of them were crushed under the wheels of a convoy of cars. In the ensuing violence, four others were killed, including two BJP workers and a journalist.

Pander demanded that the farmers arrested after the incident be released immediately and the Union minister be sent behind bars after he is dismissed from the cabinet.

He said the Center should also withdraw the notification to amend the electricity distribution license rules. He charged that the government will now distribute electricity to private companies. “The right to distribute electricity belongs to the state authorities, but by issuing this notification, the central government is taking it into its own hands and giving it to private houses,” he claimed.

He asked 7,000 compensation per hectare for walnut stubble management.

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