Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, October 7
Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and different social gathering leaders had been detained at Saharanpur on the Haryana-UP border the place they staged a dharna on Thursday. Later, they had been taken to the Sarsawa Police Station by the UP Police.
Sidhu has demanded the arrest of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son in reference to the demise of farmers throughout violence in Uttar Pradesh, saying he would go on starvation strike if motion just isn’t taken towards him by Friday.
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Sidhu mentioned he was able to sacrifice his life for the reason for farmers.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa and Cupboard Ministers Pargat Singh, and Vijay Inder Singla, apart from former ministers Balbir Singh Sidhu, Gurpreet Kangar and Sunder Shyam Arora had been among the many leaders current.
Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi additionally joined Sidhu for a short interval when the march was about to begin within the morning from Mohali.
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As a substitute of holding the social gathering flags, Sidhu and different leaders could possibly be seen holding the flags related to farmers agitation as slogans of ‘Kisan-mazdoor ekta zindabad’ had been raised.
Earlier within the day, farmer unions surrounded the cavalcade after which the car through which Sidhu was on his option to Mohali at Dhareri Jattan toll barrier and confirmed him black flags. It was after a lot requests by Sidhu that the farmers allowed him to move via.
Sidhu had resigned from the publish of Punjab Congress chief on September 28 however it wasn’t instantly clear if the resignation was withdrawn.
Earlier than the protest march Thursday, Sidhu slammed the BJP-led authorities in UP over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
He mentioned Punjab Congress and social gathering MLAs are standing firmly with the farmers.
He requested why UP authorities hadn’t taken motion towards Mishra’s son even after an FIR was lodged within the matter.
“Are union minister and his son above the regulation and structure?” he requested.
“This combat is for our farmers,” he mentioned, including: “If UP police don’t arrest the union minister’s son, I’ll go on starvation strike. It’s my ‘vachan’ (promise).”
Later, he mentioned, “If the arrest just isn’t made until tomorrow (Friday), or he doesn’t be part of investigation, I’ll go on a starvation strike.”
Sidhu known as Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi “saviours of democracy.”
Earlier, Punjab Congress working president Sukhwinder Singh Danny mentioned they’d stage a sit-in wherever they had been stopped from heading in direction of Lakhimpur Kheri.
Congress legislator Sunder Sham Arora mentioned they had been prepared for courting arrest if prevented from going to UP.
4 of the eight individuals who died in Sunday’s violence in Lakhimpur Kheri had been farmers, allegedly knocked down by autos pushed by BJP staff travelling to welcome UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to an occasion within the space.
Two BJP staff, Mishra’s driver, and Raman Kashyap, a journalist working for a personal TV channel, had been additionally killed within the incident.
Whereas the primary three had been allegedly lynched by agitating farmers, the scribe, based on his father, died after being hit by a car when he was overlaying farmers’ protest towards Maurya’s go to to Mishra’s native place.
No arrests have been made in reference to the case to date. With PTI inputs