Andhra Pradesh handcuffs and detains agitating farmers

Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, October 28  

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has flayed the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) for what the former termed as “defaming” Andhra Pradesh as a state hostile to the interest of the farmers by allowing authorities to handcuff protesting farmers and shifting  them to a jail for a democratic protest. 

TDP national president and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said that it was appalling to see the government treat innocent farmers in an inhuman way when they raised their voice for their genuine demands.

“This is all the more shocking when considering that the person running the state was himself facing criminal cases,” he said. 

In a statement here, the TDP chief said it was a violation of human rights to use handcuffs after the cases have been withdrawn against the farmers.

“There was not a single farmers’ family that has not shed tears in the past 17 months because of rising losses and debts and failure of crops. The ruling party was acting with a vengeance and subjecting the farmers to mental agony.” 

Naidu accused the Jagan Reddy regime of implicating and filing false cases against the farmers who cultivate, give their sweat and blood to provide food for others.

The farmers, who expressed dissent against forcible acquisition of their lands, were persecuted and harassed, he said.

The TDP chief demanded the government to prevent repetition of the atrocious incidents like the handcuffing and false implication of farmers. 

The government initiated action against the lower level police while giving a clean chit to the actual persons responsible for this chaotic incident, Naidu said.

TDP politburo member Varla Ramaiah has written a letter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) requesting for its interference and action in the farmers’ handcuffing incident. He has provided video clippings of how the handcuffed farmers were shifted to the jail.

Ramaiah has termed the handcuffing as atrocious as peacefully demonstrating and agitating farmers of Amaravati capital were handcuffed as if they were criminals and terrorists.

The government and the police violated Article 19 of the Constitution of India. A case should be filed against the AP government for initiating further action against it, he sought. 

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