In a stunning development, a DIG rank police officer in Punjab has resigned from his post in support of farmers, currently protesting against the controversial Farm Laws. DIG (Prisons) Lakhminder Singh Jakhar tendered his resignation on Saturday to ‘stand with my farmer brothers.’
In his resignation letter submitted to the Punjab government’s Principal Secretary (Home), Jakhar said that farm laws passed by the Indian government were ‘detrimental to interest of farmers and their future generations.’
Stating that he himself was a farmer, Jakhar said that he had always listened to his conscience, adding that he ‘earnestly feel’ that he must stand by my brotherhood. A report by news agency PTI said that Jakhar requested his superiors to treat him as ‘prematurely retired from the service with effect from 12 December.
Tens of farmers are currently camping at the Delhi-Haryana border demanding the withdrawal of three Farm Laws. Farmers had observed Bharat Bandh on 8 December. Punjab’s Akali Dal had severed ties with the BJP in support of farmers. Akali Dal leader Prakash Singh Badal had returned his Padma Vibhushan award in protest against the farm laws. Also announced to return his Padma Bhushan award was AAD (Democratic) leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.
Farmers on Sunday blocked the Delhi-Jaipur highway while vowing to intensify their agitation.