Tribune News Service
Sonepat, January 31
Farmer leaders on Sunday said a committee has been formed to trace those missing after the January 26 ‘tractor march’ to Delhi.
Addressing mediapersons, Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 32 farmer organisations, said, “As many as 163 people who have been arrested by the Delhi Police have been identified.”
Farmer leaders alleged the police and Central government were not forthcoming with the information about the missing people.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha said it is now seeking to compile information on such missing persons following which formal action can be initiated with the authorities.
The committee formed to look into the issues includes Prem Singh Bhangu, Rajinder Singh Deep Singh Wala, Avtar Singh, Kiranjit Singh Sekhon and Bajleet Singh.
“Any information on missing persons can be shared with 8198022033 with full name of the missing person, full address, phone number of the person and any other contact number at home and missing from when,” the Morcha added.
The farmer leaders also condemned the arrests of journalists like Mandeep Punia and others on false and fabricated charges, “out of the government’s great fear of being exposed for its real conspiracy and out of fear of the rising strength of the farmers’ movement”.
SKM also condemned the alleged attack of the government on the farmers’ movement in cutting off internet services of different protest sites.
It questioned the cordoning off of the protest sites from a long distance disallowing ordinary people and mediapersons from reaching Singhu border. This is also to disrupt basic supplies like food and water.
In a release, SKM said, “Despite multiple attempts of violence by police and government, farmers are still debating on three farm laws and MSP. We regret to share the sad news of the death of one more protester from Maharashtra who took part in the Shahjahanpur struggle today. Shayra Pawara was just 21-year-old and her sacrifice will be remembered and will not go wasted.”