Eastern Times: November 29, 2020, New Delhi: PUDR has condemned the Haryana government for filing cases against farmers protesting against the three farm bills and the Electricity Act.
Going by several news reports, PUDR said in a statement on Sunday, that the Haryana Police have registered cases at Sadar Ambala PS, Baldev Nagar Ambala PS and Dabwali PS against Bhartiya Kisan Union and other farmers’ organizations for allegedly breaking police checkpoints and entering Haryana during the ‘Delhi chalo’ campaign.
The cases have been registered against the farmers on the basis of drone camera footage and recordings of them allegedly breaking roadblocks, pelting stones at police and police vehicles, and obstructing personnel on government duty, the news reports say.
The statement gives details of the cases filed against the protesting farmers marching towards Delhi from Punjab. According to the Sadar Ambala Police officials present at the Shambu border, unidentified farmer leaders and farmers along with their associates carried out deadly attacks on the police with tractor-trolleys and violated government orders.
The police have registered a case under various sections such as 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) 269 / 270 (act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 307 (attempt to murder), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (causing grievous hurt) IPC, (damage to public property).
Similar charges have been filed by the Police at the Baldev Nagar PS along with the additional sections 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) and 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) alleging that the mob of farmers forcibly entered from Punjab, damaging barricades, chains and barbed wire.
The Dabwali PS has also registered a case against 10-12 thousand unnamed farmers who broke through the police check post at Punjab-Haryana border here yesterday and forcibly marched towards Delhi. The FIR has been filed under the Epidemic Act, Disruption of Government Work, 147/149/186/188/332/353/427 and Prevention of Damage to Government Property Act.
PUDR has questioned the “entire process of framing, and passing of these acts, first through ordinances and then violating all the norms in Parliament. At no stage, had the Central Government considered it necessary to seek the views of the main stakeholders such as farmers and their organisations and traders registered with the Mandi boards.”
Condemning the “daconian moves” taken against farmers PUDR has demanded immediate stop to repressive measures by the police such as the use of tear gas and water cannons against protesting farmers.
It demanded “filing of cases against senior police and civil officers who ordered such actions against peaceful farmers, created hurdles by destroying public roads and public property at large scale and used concertina wires to stop the famers from marching.”
The rights body has requested the Punjab & Haryana and Delhi High courts to take notice of damage of public property by Haryana and Delhi police and recover all costs of damages from police and civil officers of the concerned states, who ordered such actions.