There are some “unwanted elements” like Khalistan sympathisers among the protesting farmers, said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Khattar on November 28 said that he will disclose the reports of the unwanted elements once they get concrete information.
“They made some objectionable statements against former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Prime Minister Modi,” he said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in September attached immovable properties of designated Khalistan terrorists Gurpatwant Singh Pannum and Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Punjab. They were among the nine individuals designated as terrorists under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in July.
Reacting to this news, Som Prakash, the Minister of State for commerce and industry, said “People of Punjab want peace and development. There might be a few people making anti-social statements but we should keep a progressive approach and talk in the interest of Punjab.”
According to ANI, 35 farmers union leaders have left Singhu border today to meet the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today for negotiations on the farm laws for which they have been holding protests.
Delhi: Farmers’ leaders depart from Singhu border for their meeting the government on farm laws
A farmer leader says, “35 leaders are going to meet the government. We are educated farmers, we know what is good for us. We want these laws to be withdrawn.” pic.twitter.com/pmw2NgZGdj
— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2020
Khalistan movement was a Sikh separatist movement which had its epicentre in Punjab. The movement was at its peak during 1980s and 1990s when the State witnessed militancy led violence.
Edited by S.N.Thyagarajan
With inputs from ANI