To prevent any situation leading to unrest at the farmers’ agitation site in Singhu, Delhi Police today stopped a group of protesters demanding compensation for the killing of Lakhbir Singh, whose mutilated body was found earlier this month. was found in the area.
The body of Singh, a Dalit laborer from Punjab, was found at the protest site on October 15. Reports claim that the 35-year-old man was attacked for allegedly desecrating the Sikh holy scripture Guru Granth Sahib. Four Nihangs have been arrested in connection with the murder.
Protesters led by Hind Mazdoor Kisan Samiti leaders and Singh’s family members were stopped by the police at Narela near the Delhi-Haryana border.
Visuals show protesters trying to force farmers to go to the protest site as policemen stop them. The police reportedly resorted to lathi-charge to bring the situation under control. Barricades have now been put up and additional personnel have been deployed to prevent any stampede.
The protesters, who wrote “Stop the terror in the guise of agitation”, were demanding that they be allowed to stage a sit-in at the Singhu border, in a counter to the protests by farmers against the Centre’s agricultural laws. Year. They demanded that the Punjab government pay compensation for Singh’s murder.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha – a united front of farmers’ organizations opposing the agricultural laws – has categorically distanced itself from the killing and said that they have nothing to do with the Nihangs.
Incidentally, the Hind Mazdoor Kisan Samiti had supported agricultural laws last year and took out rallies in support of them.
Earlier this week, Singh’s family members met National Commission for Scheduled Castes Vijay Sampla and demanded justice. The commission has said that it will ensure that the culprits are punished under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and that the family of the laborer gets adequate compensation.