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SKM again red-flags inclusion of IPS officer in SIT probing Lakhimpur Kheri violence; urges SC to redress situation

Farmers and their supporters rejoicing over the announcement of revocation of the three farm laws, in Tikri on Delhi-Haryana border on November 19, 2021. Photo: SKM

New Delhi, Nov 19 (MNN) A week sky of completion of one year of their protests on Delhi borders, the agitating farmers on Friday again red-flagged the inclusion of IPS officer Padmja Chauhan on the SIT probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and urged the apex court to redress the situation in the interest of justice.

“Uttar Pradesh farmer unions and SKM express deep concerns over Padmaja Chauhan’s inclusion in the Special Investigation Team set up by the UP government to investigate Lakhimpur Kheri violence. A perusal of reports that have come to SKM notice regarding her tenure in different districts of Uttar Pradesh show that this official’s record has been against the farmers’ struggle and also around muzzling the media.

“The SKM expresses sincere hope that the Supreme Court will look into this matter since the very purpose for SIT reconstitution and to appoint retired Justice RK Jain is to bring in impartiality and independence,” the Samyukt Kisan Morcha leaders said.

The Morcha leaders also said that farmers rallied at SP’s office in Hansi on Friday to reiterate their demand for withdrawal of cases registered against peaceful protesters farmers and for an FIR against BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Ram Chander Jangra

The protesters are seeking cancellation of an FIR against three farmers to be withdrawn in connection with a black-flag protest on November 5 against Jangra and a case against him and his PSO.

“Jangra called the protesting farmers names in derogatory and insulting manner and has not so far withdrawn his comments or apologised for the same,” the farmer leaders pointed out.

The SKM leaders said that the decision to repeal the three “anti-farmer, anti-people and pro-corporate black laws” is welcome, and a historic victory for farmers of India.

“By forcing the repeal of laws, the farmers have helped in the reinstatement of democracy, and of federal polity in India. However, there are several pending demands even now. The SKM hopes that the government of India after a major climbdown will not allow it to go waste, and will go whole hog to fulfil all the legitimate demands of protesting farmers, including statutory legislation to guarantee a remunerative MSP,” the Morcha leadership said.

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