January 17: Deep Sidhu, Baldev Singh Sirsa and Karnail Singh refuse to appear before the NIA

1. Farmer Avtar Singh, son of Jangir Singh Tikri of village Lohara of Sri Muktsar Sahib passed away on the border. Avtar Singh had a heart attack when he was in his trolley. Avtar Singh was supporting movement from the beginning.
2. Farmers leaders in press conferences state 121 farmers have passed away since protest started.
3. They said Lakhs of farmers are preparing for 26th January parade. We will show our countrymen that nation’s farmers are in danger. But Modi is not listening to them.
4. Farmers leader laid out 26th January Tractor Parade Details: Tractors will parade on Delhi Outer Ring Road Delhi. They expect length of parade will be 50 kms. No weapons, provoking slogans, speeches will be allowed. Tractor Parade will not interrupt Republic Day Parade. Every Tractor will carry Tricolor & Farmers Flag
5. Union leaders said that they will respect the decision of Supreme Court in that matter and hope that constitutional right of protests is maintained. Ready to follow guidelines and roadmaps.
6. Fresh NIA notices served to some more people in Punjab.
7. Farmer unions are ready to take NIA head-on. Balbir Singh Rajewal told people who got notices not to appear at NIA’s headquarters for interrogation.
8. Deep Sidhu, Baldev Singh Sirsa, Karnail Singh who were called today by NIA did not appear before the agency.
9. NIA has started giving alternative dates saying its flexible.
10. Some of those who received NIA letters signed joint statement on #NIAusedAgainstFarmers today. They said NIA notices symbolises frustration of Modi-Shah regime as farmers protests are growing stronger. We stand united against cheep tactics of politically and institutionally failing regime.
11. NIA issued notice to Deep Sidhu brother Mandeep Singh Sidhu. But a day after NIA issued notice to Deep Sidhu on his screen-name instead of legal name. Unclear if NIA had misfired the first shot thinking that Mandeep was Deep?
12. Prof. Baljinderpal Singh told NIA that he was not well, NIA told him to come at his convenience.
13. Deep Sidhu continues to highlight the hypocrisies of the Indian system and how it’s misused against common person. Then calls again for fresh ideas to be accepted by the farmers unions via dialogue.
14. Meeting of sikh organisations with Facebook left more questions than answers. Facebook reps unable to answer the questions sikhs put forward to them. Sikh organizations in the meeting were World Sikh Organization, Saldef, Sikh Press Association, Khalsa Aid Canada, Sikh Coalition and Jakara Foundation. The Sikh PA continue to ask Sangat to send them examples if sikh censorship so that have comprehensive evidence.
15. A protest rally in Jammu was not allowed to take place today by imposing restrictions.
16. BJP leader Shwait Malik was gheraoed today when he had gone to visit party workers in Jalandhar.
17. Two farmers have been sent home from Sarai Aurangabad (Bahadurgarh) via ambulance due to poor health and persistent fever.
18. Supreme Court appointed committee to meet tomorrow for the first time to carry out discussions on the farmers issue.
19. At Tikri border, an under construction Bus stand has been named Village California. Protestors were playing cricket there.
20. Protestors organized a volleyball tournament at Tikri border.
21. After yesterday’s successful protest, more Farmer protests in Mumbai announced.
22. Farmers’ group invites Hema Malini to Punjab to explain farm laws, offers to bear all expenses. This comes after her statement against the farmers and in favour Modi as she is a BJP MP.
23. More revelations about Republic TVs Arnab Goswami of the 500 page what’s apps messages leaked. We already know he had prior knowledge of the Pakistan air strikes and the Kashmir lockdown. Today the leaks show some alleged chats from 2019 shows Goswami and Dasgupta discussing Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut and how she helps in generating TRPs. “Kangana is a massive rating earner”, Goswami says.
24. Then in one of the alleged chats of February 14, 2019, Goswami says “This attack we have won like crazy.” The message was sent on the same day when 40 CRPF personnel had lost their lives after a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir.
25. The Sangat at morcha has increased so more seva and supplies are required. Midlands Langar sevadaar Randhir Singh is still doing seva at the morcha.