Jalandhar, December 9
The contingent of former sportspersons from Punjab, including Padma Shri and Arjuna awardees, who had left for Delhi on Saturday to return their awards in support of the farmers’ protest against the Centre’s three agricultural laws, and stopped by the Delhi Police, have again written a letter to the President of India.
“When we marched towards Rashtrapati Bhawan on December 7, we were halted in our tracks by the cops, we were not allowed to go there and had to return disappointed. With deep pain and anguish, we the undersigned sportspersons wish to approach showing our solidarity with the farmers of this country, who are there on the roads asking the government to not be harsh on their livelihood. The issue of farm Bills has been in the limelight for almost four months now. The farmers have been protesting in an unprecedented peaceful manner. But unfortunately, the government has been very insensitive to their demands and did not even bother to engage them in any meaningful consultation,” the letter reads. — TNS