Mumbai: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday called for an international investigation into the violence during the Republic Day tractor rally in Delhi.
On January 26, thousands of farmers, who were holding a tractor rally on the streets of Delhi, clashed with policemen, smashed public properties and hoisted the religious flag at the Red Fort.
Speaking to reporters, former Union minister and brother of SAD’s Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal said: “Only an international investigation can expose anti-social elements that were already designated by independent media. Central agencies Cannot do this investigation with them. It is obviously involved in sabotaging the peasant movement and ensuring farmers and farm labourers do not get their justification.”
Majithia further said that the intention of those involved in the vandalism became clear when he took the stage at the Singhu border and incited people to resort to violence.
“It is surprising that the law enforcement agencies did not fit it to take action against them immediately. It is even more bizarre that the same persons who were given free entry to the Red Fort were given heavy security deployment. The reason is also impossible to reach. The fact that the government did not even react to yesterday’s events made it clear that the acts of violence were part of a deeper conspiracy,” Majithia said.
He further underlined that SAD supports farmers and will continue to raise its voice for the farming community, including repeal of three agricultural laws and implementing the Swaminathan Committee report.
He said, “We will ensure the sacrifice of eighty martyrs who did not waste their lives due to peasant struggle.”
While condemning the violence on January 26, the SAD leader said that it should not be used as a reason to scuttle the farmers’.