Students’ Federation of India (SFI) came out with a press release, criticizing the actions of the police as their members were prevented from extending solidarity to farmers on the day of National Strike.
In a press release dated 26th November, Students’ Federation of India (SFI) has condemned the detainment of the SFI members who were going to Parliament Street as a part of the call for Farmers’ National Strike.
The press release says that the current Modi-government had been apprehensive of the announcement of the strike and rallies by national trade unions in the capital on Thursday. Consequently, border blockades at Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab were installed, accompanied with water cannons, by the police of the BJP-ruled states to deter farmers and trade unions from coming into Delhi. As of 26th November, the police detained SFI General Secretary Mayukh Biswas, JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh, LSR Students’ Union General Secretary Unnimaya, and SFI Delhi President Sumit, among others, for gathering in solidarity with the farmers’ national strike.
SFI has also argued against BJP government’s sanctioning of the conduct of Bihar elections where rallies had no social distancing. They did not intervene to regulate the crowd gatherings for festivals as well. Yet they are cracking down on the protests by farmers, workers and students.
The solution of labor laws, anti-farmer bills and suicides of students are something we hold the government to account for no matter what they do using their powers illegally.– SFI states in the press release
SFI members were responding to the call for the National Strike to showcase unanimity with the farmers. Protests by farmers against the three farm laws enacted by the Central Government have been going on since the month of October. Thousands of Punjab farmers agitating against the contentious farm laws gave a call for ‘Delhi Chalo’ and subsequently, entered Haryana, where they were met with barricades, tear gas and water cannons.
A detailed analysis of the farmers’ agitation can be found here.
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