NEW DELHI: Hours after the brutal murder of a Punjab based farmer at the Singhu border here, one of the main accused surrendered before the police. The Nihang Sikh (warrior Sikh) identified as Saravjeet Singh surrendered before the police for the brutal of Jasbir Singh, who hailed from Punjab’s Tarn Taran. Ahead of surrendering before the police, he also offered prayers.
After he surrendered, the police took him for medical test. He will be produced before a court on Saturday. The brutal murder of the farmer at the farmers protest site has led to national outrage on the occasion of Vijaya Dashmi.
The gory images of the farmer with a chopped wrist hanged to a barricade just behind the stage of the farmers protest site has sent shockwaves across the nation. Earlier in the day, the Haryana Police registered a case of murder and started its probe. Following the brutal murder, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the farmers body soon called an emergency meeting g and issued a statement distancing itself from the incident.
The farmers’ body demanded that the culprits be punished according to law after investigating the allegation of murder and conspiracy behind sacrilege.
The statement from the farmers body issued by Balbir Singh Rajewal, Dr Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh Charuni, Hannan Mollah, Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Shivkumar Sharma ‘Kakkaji’, Yudhvir Singh, Yogendra Yadav.
It also said that a “Nihang” group at the scene has claimed responsibility, saying that the incident took place because of the deceased’s attempt to commit sacrilege with regard to the Sarbaloh Granth. It further stated that it is been reported that this deceased was staying with the same group of Nihangs for some time.
Distancing itself from the incident, the farmers body said, “SKM condemns this gruesome killing and wants to make it clear that both the parties to this incident, the Nihang group and the deceased person, have no relation with Samyukt Kisan Morcha.”Also Read: Singhu Border Murder: Samyukt Kisan Morcha Distances Itself From Incident, Says ‘Not Linked To Nihang Group’
It stated that SKM is against “sacrilege” of any religious text or symbol, but that does not give anyone the right to take the law into their own hands.
We demand that the culprits be punished according to law after investigating the allegation of murder and conspiracy behind sacrilege.
This peaceful and democratic movement is opposed to violence in any form, it said, adding that as always, SKM will cooperate with the police and administration in any lawful action.
Another farmer leader Bhupender, while speaking to the The New Indian, condemned the brutal murder and said, “Such brutal murder at the farmers protest is condemnable. And we also want to make it clear that farmers respect all religions and it will never accept any kind of sacrilege or disrespect towards any religion or its holy books.”
He also said that no one has right to take law in their hands. “Law will take its own course and the protesting farmers have no relation with those behind the murder of the farmer,” he added.
Hundreds of farmers from Punjab, western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have been protesting against the three farm laws since November 26 last year at several borders of Delhi.
They have been demanding the withdrawal of the three farm laws and to ensure minimum support price for their produce. The government had held several eouns of talks with the farmers, which has remained inconclusive.