Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) sent a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind on ‘Daman Pratirodh Diwas’ February 24, 2021 along with many other associated organisations who sent a similar memorandum from the taluka and district level.
People from hundreds of locations demanded an end to repression on protesting farmers and their supporters. Accordingly, the letter sent to Kovind demanded:
1. Immediate and unconditional release of innocent farmers who were jailed during the course of the farmers’ struggle.
2. Dismissal of all false charges against farmers, individuals and organizations supporting the struggle.
3. Immediate cancellation of notices sent by the Delhi police, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other government agencies against farmers.
4. Opening of all roads near farmers protest sites along Delhi borders.
The SKM also condemned Bihar police in Sitamarhi for registering cases against protestors who participated in the rail roko protest to decry the three farm laws: the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.
“We ask for an immediate withdrawal of all such cases,” said SKM leader Darshan Pal.
Further, leaders welcomed Disha Ravi’s bail and release “in the frivolous and unacceptable toolkit case” as well as the many observations of Judge Dharmendar Rana.
“We demanded immediate action against the Delhi police in this case who flouted many norms and arrested Disha Ravi in an illegal and extra constitutional manner,” said leaders.
Similarly, they denounced Delhi Police Special Cell’s intimidation tactics against Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) Delhi Secretary Ravi Rai, its pursuit of Navkiran Natt of Trolley Times and flouting of legal norms.
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