Farmers’ unions blame “conspiracy” for violence; Cancel Budget Day march to Parliament
Farmers unions have blamed Tuesday’s violence on a conspiracy hatched with the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) and “antisocial elements like Deep Sidhu.”
- They claimed that the Republic Day incidents had “exposed the anti-foreign forces” and vowed to continue a peaceful protest. After an emergency meeting under the chairmanship of veteran Punjab leader Balbir Singh Rajewal, Samyukt Kisan Morcha said that they had “discussed the violent incidents in New Delhi and concluded that the Union Government, it has been severely shaken by this peasant unrest.
- Therefore, a dirty conspiracy was hatched with the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee and others against the peaceful struggle of other farmers’ organizations.
- After the plans for the Republic Day parade were made, “antisocial elements like Deep Sidhu and others,” including the KMSC, tried to torpedo the farmers’ agitation, the SKM said.
- The agricultural unions condemned the violence, the government, the KSMC and the antisocial elements that tried to damage the struggle.
“The organizations resolved not to allow the government and other enemy forces of the peaceful movement to break up this fight. Yesterday’s events clearly exposed and isolated the anti-farmer forces, ”the SKM statement said.
- The SKM claimed that the KMSC “was not part of the organizations that waged the fight together,” noting that the Punjab union had established its own separate protest site with a separate stage on the Singhu border within 15 days after the start of agitation.
- Although the KMSC is part of the negotiations with the Center along with the other unions, SKM leaders emphasized that this was only because the government had invited the rebel Punjab union.
- Meanwhile, union leaders announced they have canceled the scheduled march to Parliament on February 1, Budget Day, but now plan to celebrate “jan sabhas” across the country on January 30, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death.
Delhi police detain 200, named key agricultural leaders in FIRs
Delhi police have detained 200 people in connection with violence during the rally of farm tractors on Republic Day, authorities said Wednesday. Police said they are likely to detain and question more people in connection with Tuesday’s violence in the national capital. Tens of thousands of farmers broke barriers Tuesday to storm the national capital and highlight their demands.
The Delhi Police have also registered 22 FIRs so far in connection with the violence that left more than 300 policemen injured. More than 35 farmer leaders have been appointed to the RIS, including Rakesh Tikait, Darshan Pal Singh, Rajinder Singh, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Buta Singh Burjgil, Joginder Singh Ugrahan and Yogendra Yadav.
- Interestingly, Deep Sidhu, the man believed to be behind the incitement that led to the violence in the Red Fort on Tuesday, has not been named in any FIR. Sidhu was an election agent for Sunny Deol, a BJP MP. He has been photographed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Interior Minister Amit Shah, and has been a BJP activist.
Three television journalists booked in U.P. for showing students ‘shivering in the cold’ during government function:
Police in the Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh have arrested three television journalists accused of broadcasting an “unsubstantiated” news report of children from a public school “shivering” in cotton shirts and panties during a drill at a public function on January 24. The event was part of a government function held at the Eco Park in Kanpur Dehat on the occasion of UP Foundation Day. The Minister of Technology Ajit Singh Pal, the MLA and officials were present.
Supreme Court suspends Bombay High Court POCSO order
The Supreme Court stayed the controversial Bombay High Court verdict that acquitted a man convicted of assault under the Child Protection Against Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) on the grounds of that he had groped his victim’s clothes and there was no “skin-to-skin” contact between them.
- On Wednesday, a court headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde became aware instantly after the Attorney General KK Venugopal made a special mention in court, saying that the High Court ruling would create a “very dangerous precedent” and cripple POCSO’s intent to punish sex offenders.
- On January 19, a single Nagpur Bench judge of the Bombay High Court unleashed an uproar after acquitting a man under the POCSO and ruling that an act against a minor would amount to groping or assaulting sex only if there was “skin to skin”contact.
- The High Court determined that merely touching or squeezing a child’s clothed body does not constitute sexual assault. Venugopal said that in the future, due to the order, a defendant could plead innocence under the POCSO by arguing that the child who assaulted was dressed and that there was no “direct physical skin-to-skin contact.”
- The Court notified the defendant and the state of Maharashtra after registering a case based on the mention of Venugopal.
No protection from arrest for ‘Tandav’ creators
The Supreme Court today refused to approve an order to protect the creators and artists of Amazon Prime’s ‘Tandav’ web series from arrest, even though it agreed to examine their plea in favor of the club against the registered FIR in several states accused of undermining Hindu religious sentiments.
- A three-judge court headed by Judge Ashok Bhushan asked them to apply to the relevant lower courts for interim measures, including bail. The court also rejected his request to annul the FIRs.
- The court did not appear convinced when the creators and artists explained that the web series was a “political satire” and urged the court to protect their freedom of expression and artistic expression. The judicial judge M.R. Shah said that freedom of expression is not absolute and is subject to reasonable restrictions.
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