VIOLENCE AND MORE.. As farmer protests turn violent on R-Day, farmer unions on the defensive


NEW DELHI: The Modi government is hugely embarrassed over the security failure at Red Fort on Republic Day, as was evident from the way some participants in the farmers’ tractor parade in the capital climbed atop the fort and hoisted the religious flag of Sikhs there.

Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu has admitted later on a facebook post that it was his way of protesting against the anti-farmer policies of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Farmers’s unions who claimed they only wanted a peaceful and orderly protest on Republic Day  also accused Sidhu of instigating the crowds into a frenzy.

Deep Sidhu, 36, is a popular punjabi actor who had his debut in Ramta Jogi, released in year 2015. He hails from Muktsar district of Punjab and was closely associated with Bollywood actor Sunny Deol. His photo with the Sunny Deol, now a BJP MP, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gone viral after the Republic Day violence. 

Sidhu claimed, “To symbolically register our protest against the new farm legislations, we put up ‘Nishan Sahib’ and a farmer flag and also raised a slogan of Kisan Mazdoor Ekta.”

The Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Red Fort to take stock of the situation there and ascertain for himself as to how such a security lapse has occurred. Those in charge of the security there are bound to face serious consequences for the patently anti-national act. Also, the Home ministry has asked police departments in the capital as also neighbouring states to identify the men involved in law violations and violence in the course of the farmer tractor rally and street protests. 

There are provisions in law to attach properties of those who indulge in such law violations. With CCTV cameras set up by the police department capturing the visuals of the protests, identifying the guilty will not be a problem, though it could take a few days of investigations. Hundreds of protesters are bound to face the consequences in the coming weeks. 

The overdo by segments of the protesters has come as a serious embarrassment to the unions leading the farmer protest too. Their leaders had given an undertaking to police that no security breach will be done by the protesters on Republic Day in Delhi. The violent turn to the protest has already led to the withdrawal of a few farmer unions from the two-months-long protest, and this dwelt a serious blow to the farmer movement itself, which so far had maintained a moral high ground by their orderly sit-in at border points. —IHN-NN


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