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Punjab leaders, HR activists ask Modi Govt to end repression and vendetta against youth and protesting farmers

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Chandigarh, February 22, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
Human right activists and political leaders today urged the BJP government to put an immediate end to state-sponsored repression and vendetta being unleashed against youth and farmer leaders. They also urged PM Modi to unconditionally scrap anti-farmer laws.

Addressing the media here today Sukhpal Singh Khaira MLA & former Leader of Opposition, Advocate R.S. Bains, Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra, Jagdev Singh Kamalu MLA, Pirmal Singh Khalsa MLA, Rashpal Jauramajra, Manwinder Giaspura, Joga Singh Chhapar and Kanupriya Devegan former President PU Chandigarh appealed to the central government to end state-sponsored repression against the youth and farmer agitation leaders aimed to torpedo their peaceful protests.

These leaders stated that the BJP government and their sponsored Godi media have unleashed a vicious campaign against the youth of Punjab and the farmer leadership particularly after the 26th January incidents, by labeling them as anti-national, Khalistanis, terrorists, etc. for indulging in violence at the Red Fort.

They said it was the Delhi police at the behest of BJP that indulged in violence by killing Navreet Singh at ITO crossing, by brutally lathi charging defenseless farmers, by damaging their tractors etc. They said almost 19 youth and farmers have gone missing since then and over 200 have been arrested under serious charges and jailed.

The leaders said that no disrespect was done to the tricolor at Red Fort that day and the youth in the heat of moment unfurled a Nishan Sahib and a farmer flag atop two empty positions. The leaders said that it was merely a symbolic protest and no case of major violence was reported, no policemen were killed, there was no damage to public property, rioting, etc.

They questioned the Godi media and the government whether symbols/flags hold more importance in our democracy or the sentiments of lacs of farmers seeking justice and their lives? The leaders alleged that it was Delhi police who barricaded the original tractor parade routes and motivated youth towards Red Fort under a pre-planned conspiracy.

They said protesting is a fundamental right granted to people by the constitution of India, which is being portrayed as hooliganism by the government-sponsored media.

The leaders said it was saddening to note that the BJP government has turned a complete blind eye to one of the modern world’s largest peaceful protests, wherein almost 200 farmers have died and lacs are squatting on roads for the last 90 days seeking scrapping of anti-farmer laws.

These leaders dared the Prime Minister to order a fair judicial probe by a panel of Supreme Court judges, to investigate all aspects of 26th January incidents including the killing of Navreet Singh and the missing persons. The probe should also include the politically motivated attacks by RSS-BJP goons on farmer protests at Kundli and Singhu borders a couple of days after 26th January.

In the same breath the leaders demanded immediate withdrawal of all fictitious and false cases against youth like Nodeep Kaur, Deep Sidhu, Lakha Sidhana, and farmer leaders, and their unconditional release. Similarly, they also demanded that thousands of notices being sent by Delhi police across the state of Punjab with the view to gag the voice of people should also be withdrawn.

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