Mumbai: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) blamed the central government, actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu and the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti (KMSC) for the violence that took place during the Kisan Tractor March in Delhi on 26 January against agricultural laws.
“Some individuals and organizations like Deep Sidhu and Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti led by Satnam Singh Pannu the government made this movement violent. We clarify that we dissociate ourselves from violent actions which took place at Red Fort and other parts of Delhi,” the SKM, the union of over 40 farmer unions said in a statement.
Sidhu and gangster Lakka Sadana have been named in the FIR lodged by Delhi Police in connection with the violence at Red Fort in Delhi on Tuesday.
During the farmers’ tractor rally on Tuesday, the video went viral on social media in which Sidhu gave a man hoisting the flag at the ramparts of the Red Fort.
After the stampede and the flag-hoisting Red Fort incident, Sidhu posted a video on his Facebook page claiming that, “We only hoisted Nishan Sahib at the Red Fort, exercising our democratic authority to stage a protest. The SKM had earlier called the violence a conspiracy by anti-farmer forces, which tried to ‘hand over the movement’.
“When the farmers ‘organizations announced the program for the parade on January 26, Deep Sidhu and anti-social elements, as well as the farmers’ organizations, tried to launch a movement,” the union said on Wednesday.
Farmer unions including SKM and All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) distanced themselves from the violent incidents that shook Delhi on the occasion of Republic Day.