Over 50 farmers, protesting for the release of their leaders, arrested during the protest to demand the arrest of the accused in the Dalit minor girl rape case, were detained by the police outside the residence of inspector general of police (IGP), Bathinda zone, Paramraj Singh Umranangal, here on Wednesday. However, they were released later on.
Though six of the leaders, arrested on May 26, were released on Tuesday evening, six others are still lodged in the jail.
Farmers, under the banner of BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) and Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, raised slogans outside the IGP's residence and were detained.
General secretary of the Khet Mazdoor Union Lachhman Singh Sewewala said that six of their leaders have been released but the administration should unconditionally release the remaining six leaders also. He said that farmers would continue their protest till their leaders were released.
The protest by the farmers had forced the police to arrest the third accused Gurlal Singh in the Dalit minor girl case in Gandhar village in Muktsar district, while two of the accused Manpreet Singh and Baljeet Singh had been arrested earlier.