Political experts said that the CM’s visit to Dera Ballan was a move to consolidate Dalit votes before the 2022 elections as socio-religious organisations, lik the big Deras, are religious in nature but also play an important role in the politics of Punjab with their committed followers.
Nineteen Indo-Canadians had won in the last elections held in October 2019.
The riots took place after the killing of Sant Rama Nand in Vienna city of Austria. Sant Rama Nand was the second-in-command in Dera Sach Khand Ballan, Jalandhar, the largest dera of the Ravidassia community
Police sources said that a ransom of Rs 2 crore has been demanded by the kidnappers.
The Haryana government had formed the committee comprising Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajeev Arora as chairperson and the DGP and Additional DGP (Law and Order) among others as members on Wednesday, a day after Sonipat Deputy Commissioner Lalit Siwach held a meeting with farmers’ representatives over the blockade
However, several farmer leaders of Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) said this may have no effect on the agitation.
After his release, Saini sat on a dharna with his supporters outside the Nawanshahr administrative complex.
Balihar Kaur Randhawa, who studied till Class 10, is a member of the Kirti Kisan Union (KKU).
It was in June last year that Darshan Singh began his protest against farm laws in Punjab first, and then moved to Delhi’s Tikri border.
Anandpur Sahib MP says Punjab facing enormous economic losses due to apathetic attitude of Union govt