Rail Roko Highlights: ‘Will make programme for further strategy’, says Tikait
Rail Roko updates: The agitation, which began at 10am, ended at 4pm
Rail Roko LIVE updates: A six-hour-long rail blockade, called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body for multiple farmers unions, which has been spearheading the anti-farm law agitation since November last year, began at 10am on Monday, and ended at 4pm. The body is demanding the removal of Union minister of state (MoS) for home affairs Ajay Mishra Teni from the Cabinet over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which his son Ashish Mishra Teni is the main accused.
The SKM has alleged that Ashish Mishra was driving in the vehicle, which mowed down farmers, resulting in the death of as many as eight people, including four farmers, on October 3. The farmers were coming out of a protest against the Centre's three farm laws when two SUVs ran over them.
The deceased in the incident also include three BJP workers and a local journalist.
However, Ajay Mishra has denied any wrongdoing and claims that his son was not present at the site of the incident when it occurred.
Follow all the updates here:
- Oct 18, 2021 06:42 PM IST
Tikait says agitation was ‘fine’, will make programme for ‘further strategy’
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said on Monday that the 'Rail Roko' agitation was “fine”. “We will make a program for our further strategy,” he told news agency ANI. Tikait added that Union MoS will “influence the investigation” of the Lakhimpur violence case as the same is against him, thus the government of India “should take his resignation.” “If he is proven innocent then they can make him a minister again,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
- Oct 18, 2021 06:01 PM IST
Agitation has been ‘successful’, says farmer union chief Dhawale
The six-hour ‘Rail Roko’ agitation staged by farmers' unions have come to an end. The president of All India Kisan Sabha Ashok Dhawale called the agitation "successful." “It has been 15 days since the Lakhimpur Kheri incident took place…It is shocking to know that, despite completing 75 years of Independence, the country witnessed such incident,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
- Oct 18, 2021 05:39 PM IST
Farmers squatted on rail tracks at many places in Uttar Pradesh
Protesting farmers on Monday squatted on rail tracks and also staged sit-ins on platforms at multiple locations in western Uttar Pradesh as part of the rail roko protest.
- Oct 18, 2021 05:02 PM IST
18 trains stranded in Ambala, four cancelled
According to latest updates from Haryana's Ambala, at least 18 trains have remained stranded at the railway stations in the city while four have been cancelled.
- Oct 18, 2021 03:16 PM IST
Passengers face problem in Ludhiana due to rail roko agitation
Passengers in Ludhiana face problems as train movement is affected due to the ongoing rail roko agitation. “We've deployed sufficient force here to handle the law and order situation,” says Deepak Pareek, Joint CP
- Oct 18, 2021 02:26 PM IST
No train stopped in UP, says ADG Prashant Kumar
No train stopped. Police administration is holding talks with farmers. As a precautionary measure, we've deployed around 160 PAC companies, 9 paramilitary companies. Officers have been sent to important and sensitive districts: Prashant Kumar, ADG (law and order), Uttar Pradesh
- Oct 18, 2021 01:47 PM IST
Around 50 trains and 130 locations affected: Northern Railway
Around 50 trains, 130 locations affected due to farmers agitation in Punjab and Haryana: CPRO, Northern Railway
- Oct 18, 2021 01:08 PM IST
‘No reports of disturbance or cancellation of trains in Delhi’
Government Railway Police (GRP) is patrolling all railway stations and tracks in Delhi. Till now, there are no reports of disturbance at any railway tracks or cancellation of trains. We're working in close coordination with the GRPs of neighbouring states: Harendra Singh, DCP Railways
- Oct 18, 2021 12:37 PM IST
Passengers complain after Chandigarh-bound train short-terminated
Passengers of a Chandigarh-bound train say they are facing trouble as the train was terminated at Dappar station in Dera Bassi tehsil of SAS Nagar district (Mohali), due to the ongoing rail roko agitation.
- Oct 18, 2021 12:11 PM IST
Chandigarh-Ferozepur Express stranded in Ludhiana
Chandigarh-Ferozepur Express, which has a scheduled departure of 7 am from Ludhiana, is stranded at Ludhiana railway station till now as farmers blocked Ferozpur-Ludhiana section.
- Oct 18, 2021 11:33 AM IST
New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi halted near Shambu station
Protesters blocked railway tracks near Sahnewal and Rajpura following which New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express was halted near Shambu station at around 10:07 am.
- Oct 18, 2021 11:08 AM IST
30 locations affected in Northern Railway zone, says official
As of now, 30 locations affected and 8 trains regulated in Northern Railway Zone: CPRO, Northern Railway
- Oct 18, 2021 10:52 AM IST
‘People know where trains will be stopped’: Rakesh Tikait
The agitation will take place at different places across various districts. People across the country know where we shall stop trains. The Centre is yet to talk to us: Rakesh Tikait, BKU spokesperson.
- Oct 18, 2021 10:07 AM IST
RAF deployed at Haryana's Sonipat railway station
Rapid Action Force (RAF) deployed at Haryana's Sonipat railway station, in the wake of 'rail roko' call by Samyukta Kisan Morcha in protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
- Oct 18, 2021 09:56 AM IST
In Ferozepur division, passenger trains stopped at 5 stations
Protesting farmers started blocking four sections from 5:15 am onwards today. Five passenger trains have been stopped at four stations: two at Ferozepur Cantt, one each at Jalalabad, Moga and Ludhiana: Spokesperson, Ferozepur division
- Oct 18, 2021 09:37 AM IST
Protestors sit on railway track in Amritsar
Farm law protestors sit on a railway track at Devi Dasspura village in Amritsar following the SKM's call for rail roko today.
- Oct 18, 2021 08:38 AM IST
Lucknow Police warn will impose NSA on rail roko agitators
We will take action against those who will participate in the 'rail roko' agitation called by farmers organisation. 144 CrPC is also imposed in the district and we will impose NSA if anyone tries to disrupt normalcy: Lucknow Police
- Oct 18, 2021 08:22 AM IST
8 people lost their lives on October 3 in Lakhimpur Kheri
Four farmers were mowed down by a car which, allegedly, was being driven by Ashish Mishra. In the ensuing violence, two BJP workers, minister Ajay Mishra's driver and a local journalist were also killed.
- Oct 18, 2021 07:40 AM IST
Bandh to be in effect from 10am to 4pm
The rail blockade will be in effect for 6 hours, from 10am to 4pm, the SMK said in a statement.
- Oct 18, 2021 07:11 AM IST
Farmers won't compromise on anything less than MSP: Satyapal Malik
If the Centre provides guarantee for MSP through a law, then the farmers' agitation can be resolved. There's only one thing so why is the Centre not fulfilling it? Farmers won't compromise on less than MSP: Satyapal Malik, Meghalaya governor
- Oct 18, 2021 06:07 AM IST
‘Justice cannot be secured,' if Ajay Mishra is not removed: SKM
"It is very apparent that with Ajay Mishra being the MoS for Home Affairs in the Union Government, justice cannot be secured in this matter," the SKM stated in a statement issued on Sunday.
"He promoted hatred, enmity and communal disharmony between Hindus and Sikhs in his speeches. It is his vehicles that were used to mow down peaceful protestors. He harboured his son and accomplices even as the police were issuing summons to Ashish Mishra," it added.
- Oct 18, 2021 05:29 AM IST
Rail Roko today: Farmers to stop rail traffic for 6 hrs over Lakhimpur Kheri
While the movement of trains is likely to be impacted, the union said that there will be no destruction or damage to any railway property. Read More