Soon after the hoisting of Nishan Sahib and the Farmer Protest flag at the Red Fort on January 26, over a hundred youth were detained by the police inside the historical monument. Thousands of protestors camped late at night outside the Red Fort and asked farmer union leaders to show up, but they did get much help and the police were able to escort these protestors to different police stations in Delhi.
The Punjab Government constituted a panel to probe missing protestors has said that 70 youth have been located in Delhi jails, and search is on to locate the final batch of missing 5 protestors.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had yesterday announced helpline number ‘112’ for citizens to make complaints in this regard. In an all-party meeting, he said that as per information received, 5 persons from Punjab are still missing.
In a press statement, Captain Amarinder Singh’s office stated that 70-member lawyers’ team led by Advocate General Atul Nanda, deputed to help out farmers with free legal aid, were reaching out to those in prison and those facing cases filed against them by the Delhi Police.
The Chief Minister asserted that his government was extending all possible help to the agitating farmers, camping out at Delhi’s borders for over two months now, and also to their families back home. No effort would be spared to ensure the safe return of all the farmers to their homes in Punjab, he added.
The Chief Minister also disclosed that 170 cases registered against farmers during agitations in Punjab were being withdrawn by his government.