Jan 26 incidents

‘Plot’ to defame farmers: Punjab House panel report

‘Plot’ to defame farmers: Punjab House panel report

The Punjab Vidhan Sabha committee probing into alleged atrocities by the Delhi Police on farmers, youths and others in the aftermath of January 26 incidents has concluded that there was a conspiracy to defame the protesting farmers.

Chandigarh, September 7

The Punjab Vidhan Sabha committee probing into alleged atrocities by the Delhi Police on farmers, youths and others in the aftermath of January 26 incidents has concluded that there was a conspiracy to defame the protesting farmers.

The committee has further pointed out that the route of the tractor rally to the Red Fort and the incidents thereafter were part of a “plot” to label farmers as hooligans.

MLA Kuldeep Singh Vaid is the chairperson of the panel, while MLAs Kulbir Singh Zira, Fatehjung Singh Bajwa, Sarabjit Kaur Manuke and Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra are its members.

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The panel submitted its report to Speaker Rana KP Singh, who will send it to the state government for ensuring justice to the victims. The committee has not only pointed out conspiracy theory, but also said that protesting farmers were implicated in false cases and tortured. They needed free legal aid and compensation, the panel said. Ill-treatment was meted out to farmers in jails after implicating them in false cases, it said.

The committee said the state government should take up with the Centre the issue of withdrawal of false cases registered against such farmers, besides providing free legal aid and compensation to them. Farmers were arrested while they were headed to Tikri border to participate in the tractor rally, the panel has pointed out. The committee had visited Ludhiana, Moga and Bathinda to record statements of over 70 affected persons. — TNS

Jan 26 incidents

Key observations

  • Protesting farmers were implicated in false cases and tortured by the Delhi Police in the aftermath of January 26 incidents
  • Ill-treatment was meted out to them in jails
  • They need to be provided free legal aid and compensation

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