Eastern Times, New Delhi: Desperate to crush the peasant movement, the Narendra Modi government’s police force is leaving no stone unturned to stifle the protest by confiscating passports of the farmers and issuing look-out notices.
Besides the police, ‘nationalist’ civil forces were also sent to the border. Modi’s civil forces clashed with the protesting farmers on the Indus border in the pretext of violation of the national flag at Red Fort on Republic Day. Tensions have been high on the Gazipur-Indus border since Thursday morning.
While all the routes from Gazipur to Delhi bordering the Indus have been closed, the supply of water and electricity for the agitating farmers has been cut off. The civil forces are supported by the police.
Investigating the unprecedented violence during the tractor procession by farmers on Republic Day, Delhi Police is now looking for those involved in hoisting Sikh religious flags at the Red Fort.
Few farmers who participated in the tractor procession on Tuesday hoisted a religious flag at the flag stand inside the Red Fort complex.
Several teams of the Special Cell or Anti-Terrorism Unit of the Delhi Police have been scanning footage of violence at the iconic Red Fort complex and were able to identify the farmers involved in hoisting the flag.
The United Krishak Morcha, the main organiser of the Krishak Andolan, has blamed Krishak Sagharsh Samiti, Malwa Youth Organisation and Punjabi actor Deep Sindhu.
The special cell of Delhi Police is looking for two persons named Deep Sidhu and Laksha Sidhna and the former would be summoned soon for questioning.
Importantly, the names of the leaders of the Krishak Morcha have also been included in more than 25 cases filed with the police since Tuesday evening. Police have issued look-out notices against the farmer leaders and others lodged in the FIR and have also ordered confiscation of their passports.
Out of the FIRs related to the incident on that day, 9 FIRs have been handed over to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police.
On Thursday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited two trauma centers and Tirath Ram Hospital to enquire about the health of police personnel injured in the violence.
As reported by the Delhi Police, 394 policemen were injured in the violence. 19 farmers were arrested and 200 people have been detained for questioning. Action has been taken against 300 Twitter accounts since Tuesday who have been supporting farmer’s protests.
Delhi Police said they had taken immediate action on the basis of “intelligence”. On the other hand, Deep Sindhu, one of the accused in hiding, posted a video on Facebook Wednesday saying, “If I am identified as a traitor, then all peasant leaders are traitors”.
If you claim that millions of people were persuaded by me, what kind of leader are you”? You are calling millions of farmers traitors. He also accused the union leaders for ‘back-tracking’.
Delhi Police has issued show cause notice to at least 20 farmers’ leaders, including Darshanpal, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Yogendra Yadav and Rakesh Tikaet, asking why legal action would not be taken against Sidhu.
The notice also mentioned asking the farmers as to why action would not be taken against them for violating the agreement regarding the route and time of the tractor assembly. They have been asked to respond to the notice within the next three days.
Farmer leader Dr Darshanpal said, “We will respond to the police notice within three days”. Earlier this month, police filed a case against the banned US-based organisation, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Sedition Act, a top Delhi police official said.
During the farmers’ movement, SFJ called for hoisting the flag at the Red Fort. Police said the organisation also announced an award for the person hoisting the flag at the Red Fort.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “India will not tolerate the insult to the national flag at the Red Fort. Congress wants to create unrest in the country,” he said, accusing Congress of persuading farmers.