The farmers who had been protesting continuously for past four days, demanding the arrest of a former cop in a case of abetment of suicide, were forced to lift their protest in Ajitwal by the district police before detaining them on Wednesday.
The Ajitwal police on January 9, 2017 had booked Kewal Singh Brar, a former cop and present Ferozepur district president of farmers’ wing, under the charge of abetment of suicide after his business partner Jaswinder Singh Brar committed suicide.
As per the information, both Kewal and Jaswinder were partners and had started an industry in which, Kewal had allegedly cheated the latter of Rs 60 lakh and under the depression of that, Jaswinder committed suicide.
Farmers under the banner of Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta led by Sukhdev Singh Kokri, demanding the arrest of Kewal, were holding a protest at Ajitwal from past four days.
“We were holding a peaceful protest when the police force forcibly lifted our protest at around 11am before detaining us and sending us to different police stations,” Kokri said.
He alleged that politically-pressurised police are deliberately not arresting the accused, even after the passing of one and a half month.
However, farmers were immediately released after Gurpreet Singh Toor, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Moga, called the representatives of BKU for a meeting and assured them to arrest the accused at the earliest.
“On the assurance of SSP, we have lifted our protest but if the police fail to arrest the accused person within ten days, we will be forced to intensify our protest,” Kokri said.