Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Takhtupura murder: Farmer union to launch stir against police

The Bhartiya Kissan Union (Ekta) has planned to stage a protest against the SAD-BJP government on Monday at all block headquarters across the state. Irked over what they term the “insensitive attitude of the Punjab Police”, they plan to protest the alleged change of facts and circumstances in the case of alleged murder of farmers’ leader Sadhu Singh Takhtupura. In a challan submitted before a court on May 17, the police had attached a copy of a medical report in which it has been mentioned that Takhtupura died of heart attack. In the challan, Section 302 (murder) of the IPC was also removed.

It is alleged that Takhtupura was murdered on February 16 by some people with iron rods and swords in the border village of Bhindian Saida in the Amritsar district. According to reports, almost 15 people intercepted the jeep of Takhtupura who was travelling with his friends from village to village to motivate the people to assemble at Ajnala town on February 20 to protest against the atrocities of police. The ‘atrocities’ were in reference to the reported death of a youth of torture in police custody at the Lopoke police station. Senior Akali Leader Vir Singh Lopoke was among those named for the murder. A few days later the name of Lopoke was dropped from the FIR while those of others remain. Sukhdev Singh Kokri, General Secretary of BKU (Ekta) said,”The police in a blatant attempt to give a clean chit to senior Akali leader and his kin named in this murder have twisted the facts. The way this case is being presented before the court by the Amritsar police makes it clear that the SAD(B) is trying to cripple even the judicial system of the state.” Outlining the programme Kokri added that on May 25, supporters and activists of 17 farmers’ organisations and trade unions will assemble outside the office of the District Magistrate, Amritsar, demanding arrest of the real culprits. He added that the union was firm on holding a rally in Moga on June 7.
(May 23, 2010, Indian Express)

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