Wanted by Delhi police for the January 26 violence, runaway gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana appeared on Tuesday at the scene of a “ Youth Mahapanchayat ” organized in Mehraj village in Bathinda district in Punjab, in support of farmers protesting at the Delhi borders.
Addressing the crowd of thousands gathered in Punjab’s native village, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Lakha said: “I dare the Delhi police to enter Punjab and arrest young people. You have to go to the Delhi Police if they come to arrest someone. And if they arrest anyone, it won’t happen without the help of the Punjab Police, for which Captain Amarinder will be responsible.
Lakha resurfaced around 2 p.m., along with another gangster turned activist Kulbir Singh Naruana, and stayed for about 30 minutes. While Lakha himself launched the appeal to the mahapanchayat on February 20 via a Facebook video, and that it was organized by his supporters, the authorities, who had deployed increased security, claimed to have learned that he did not ‘had attended the rally only Tuesday night after his supporters posted his speech on social media. Lakha’s native village, Sidhana, is 6 km from Mehraj.
Sources said Delhi police were even in Bathinda, anticipating Lakha’s presence, although Bathinda SSP Bhupinderjit Singh Virk on Monday refused any information about it. On Tuesday, Virk was unavailable for comment.
Lakha urged young people to travel to Singhu, Tikri and other Delhi borders on February 26, when the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) plans to observe “Yuva Kisan Diwas”. “Delhi police advertise cash prizes on many, also post their photos, but when people gather in large numbers they are unstoppable. Because it is a fight for the existence of the Punjab, and the communities which fight for their rights, which take the governments head-on, these are the ones mentioned in the story. Lakha has a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh on his head.
He announced that he would soon be traveling to other parts of the Punjab for similar “Young Mahapanchayats”.
In his speech, Lakha also sent a message to SKM member and BKU President Balbir Singh Rajewal. Questioning Rajewal’s “silence” on the police naming him and Deep Sidhu about the January 26 violence, Lakha said: “I want to convey this message to Rajewal saab that if a peasant union leader is arrested, me and all the young people we will oppose it. he. We will not allow the arrest of a single leader and we will stand behind you like a stone … Whether SKM leaders support me or not, I call on young people to support each of SKM’s programs and continue to stand behind you. surrender in large numbers to the Delhi borders.
The SKM distanced itself from Lakha and Sidhu and also suggested that its supporters stay away from the Mehraj rally.
Lakha said, “Young people often tell me that people call Deep Sidhu and me traitors, intermediaries, even bikau (which we sold). But I don’t care about those words. The fight is more important, the Morcha is more important. No individual is greater than this lok lehar (public wave). Our goal is to maintain peace and unity. “
Following the meeting, SKM Coordinator and Krantikari Kisan Union President, Dr Darshan Pal, “We do not support Deep Sidhu, and did not pass any resolutions against Lakha Sidhana… I heard his speech in Mehraj and we appreciate that he talked about strengthening the SKM, and unity and patience. When it comes to police matters, the farmer heads have also been registered and are fighting our own cases, ”Pal said.
Several times challenging the Delhi police in his speech, Lakha said, “The Center is in crackdown mode. They are spreading terror that we will stop going to the Delhi borders, they have projected us as terrorists and they will try to implicate Deep Sidhu in more and more cases. But we will not come back from Delhi without repealing the laws. We are not going to agree on amendments or a pause on these laws. This lok lehar cannot be bred every day.
A Delhi court on Tuesday sent Sidhu into custody for 14 days, after his seven-day custody expired.
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