Farmers' protests: Punjab govt sets up helpline to track people who went missing after Republic Day rally
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also said that 70 lawyers have been appointed to ensure legal aid to farmers booked by the Delhi Police
The Punjab government on Monday started a helpline to trace people who went missing after the Republic Day tractor parade in Delhi. This comes a day after Samyukta Kisan Morcha claimed that over 100 protesters from Punjab went missing after the rally and the subsequent violence.
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh also said that 70 lawyers have been appointed to ensure legal aid to farmers booked by the Delhi Police.
Singh appealed to the people of Punjab to immediately dial 112 to report any cases of missing persons, even if no cases had been filed with respect of such persons so far, The Indian Express reported.
Punjab Government has already arranged a team of 70 lawyers in Delhi to ensure quick legal recourse to farmers booked by the Delhi police. I will personally take up the issue of missing farmers with MHA & ensure these persons reach home safely. For assistance call 112.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) February 1, 2021
The Delhi Police on Monday released a list of 120 people who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the Red Fort violence in Delhi.
The tractor rally in the National Capital was organised more than 60 days after farmers began protests along Delhi's borders against the three contentious farm laws passed by the Centre in September last year. On the day of the tractor parade, protesters clashed with the police and breached the walls of the Red Fort, later hoisting the Nishan Sahib at the fort.
Singh had also said that the state government has met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue of missing persons. “We will do everything possible to locate those who are missing. We are trying to get details and will ensure that they return to their homes,” said the chief minister, during a virtual event, attended by sarpanchs of various villages.
On Saturday, the Khalra Mission and the Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) had also announced free legal aid to the farmers booked by the Delhi Police.
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Addressing a 'kisan panchayat' in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnore, the Congress leader also claimed that farmers were "ridiculed" in the Parliament and "dubbed as traitors" by ministers
Farmers' protest: SC-appointed committee holds consultations on farm laws with 12 unions from eight states
Farmer unions from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal participated in the meeting
The panel said it also held meetings with officials of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, the Union Consumer Affairs Department, and the Small Farmers' Agri-Business Consortium