Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 21
The Youth Akali Dal (YAD) on Thursday burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah across the state to protest against the “gross misuse of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against peacefully protesting farmer leaders as well as all those who are supporting the farmers’ agitation”.
YAD president Parambans Singh Romana, while leading the agitation at Bathinda, said both the Prime Minister and the Home Minister should learn a lesson from history.
“Punjabis have always risen as one against repression and the more the BJP-led central government tries to suppress the peaceful agitation the more Punjabis will bounce back to counter the aggression,” he said.
Romana condemned the recent notices sent by the NIA to all those who had extended help to the farmers’ agitation. He said be it those helping in transport, Langar or by way of financial aid – everyone was being targeted. “This is against the mandate of the NIA which was formed to probe terror links”.
The YAD president said all this was happening because the Punjab government led by Capt Amarinder Singh “was dancing to the tunes of the centre with the Chief Minister even taking orders directly from Amit Shah.”