Press Release / 4 October 2021
New Delhi: Popular Front of India Chairman O M A Salam, in a statement, has demanded immediate arrest of union minister Ajay Mishra Teni and his son Ashish Mishra for the role they played in the killing of farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri. He added that it is no coincidence that just a few days after Ajay Mishra made the threatening remarks against farmers, his son ran SUV over the farmers killing and injuring innocents.
He pointed out that what happened in UP once again exposed BJP’s way of dealing with democratic and peaceful agitations. When BJP Govt fails to intimidate people’s agitations, they send their henchmen to create provocations and violence. This happened in many parts of the country during the Anti-CAA and NRC agitations and led to the killings of innocents in Northeast Delhi. Similar attempts by BJP-RSS goons to provoke farm protestors happened on several occasions in UP and other parts.
O M A Salam also condemned the arrest of opposition leaders including Akhilesh Yadav and Priyanka Gandhi for trying to visit the place. The establishment, instead of controlling BJP criminals, seize the opportunity to crush democratic protests. The use of force against peaceful protests cannot be tolerated in a democratic society. Democratic India should not surrender to such tactics and continue to defend their rights, said O M A Salam.
O M A Salam expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and solidarity with the struggles of our farmers.