5 farmers held for sedition over storming of BJP meeting in Sirsa | India News


SIRSA: Five farmers are under arrest after a “secret FIR” against the 100 who stormed the BJP district executive body’s Sunday meeting here.
Charges of sedition and attempt to murder have since been added. The FIR includes names of Haryana Kisan Manch state president Prahlad Singh Bharukhera and farmer unionist Harcharan Singh. In protest against this, the farmers blocked traffic at Bhumanshah Chowk in Sirsa before moving this sit-in to the office of the superintendent of police upon instructions from their unions. On Friday, they plan to burn effigies of ministers in every Sirsa village, while on Saturday, they will gherao the SP’s office after a Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) mahapanchayat.
Three police officers and as many farmers were injured on Sunday after the protesters pelted Haryana deputy speaker Ranbir Gangwa’s car with stones and smashed its rear windscreen. On Thursday, a court remanded them to judicial custody. The investigation is based on the video footage of the incident.
Haryana Kisan Manch state president Prahlad Singh Bharukhera, one of those accused of sedition, said: “We are in a peaceful agitation for the release of the arrested farmers, that’s why we lifted the Bhumanshah Chowk blockade voluntarily on Thursday. On Friday when the SKM coordinators come to Sirsa, the government’s effigies will burn in every village.”
On July 11, the Civil Line police registered FIR 204 on the complaint of duty magistrate, district welfare officer Sushil Kumar, against Harcharan Singh and Prahlad Singh among those 100 protesters. Indian Penal Code sections that were applied include 124-A (sedition), 148 (armed riot), 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (injuring public servants), and 353 (criminal force to deter public servants). After this incident, Sirsa SP Bhupender Singh was transferred and the Civil Lines police station officer in charge Vikram Singh was suspended.

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