Farmers to hold dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri, demand sacking of Minister Ajay Teni

Farmers Protest, Lakhimpur Kheri Live Updates: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) – an umbrella organisation of farm unions – is set to launch a 75-hour dharna in Lakhimpur Kheri starting 11 am on Thursday. Their demands include the sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni and the release of four farmers jailed in connection with the violence that broke out in October last year in Tikonia area of the district during a protest against the farm laws. Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra is among the accused in the Lakhimpur Kheir case which claimed five lives.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) – leading the SKM –  has claimed that around 5,000 people are expected to participate in the dharna which will be held in Mandi ground under Kotwali police station area in Lakhimpur Kheri district. However, Lakhimpur Kheri District Magistrate Mahendra Bahadur Singh said the administration hasn’t given the outfit permission to hold the dharna.