Activists urge Tamil Nadu CM to launch farmers arrested for protesting

Round 14 activists, together with social activist Aruna Roy, on Tuesday appealed to chief minister MK Stalin to instantly launch farmers arrested in Tamil Nadu.

MK Stalin (PTI)

The event comes after round 20 farmers, together with many who opposed the proposed acquisition of agricultural wetlands for an industrial challenge by SIPCOT (State Industries Promotion Company of Tamil Nadu Restricted is an arm of the federal government which promotes investments), in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai district have been arrested earlier this month.

In keeping with the activists, the challenge would have an effect on round 3,000 acres of agricultural wetlands throughout 9 villages, the place the farmers have cultivated for years and it might be leased to non-public industries. “We strongly condemn the excessive handedness of the Tamil Nadu authorities and its police to arrest and remand the farmers,” Aruna Roy of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan stated in an announcement. “We be taught that they’ve been doing a peaceable sit-in protest in patta land for greater than 100 days now, opposing the proposed acquisition by the federal government,” she added.

Nonetheless, within the wee hours on November 4, at round 2 am, police had barged into the homes of farmers, arrested and remanded them to judicial custody based mostly on a FIR filed in August 2023, the activists stated, including that sections beneath which they have been booked have a most punishment of 5 years. This motion is in contempt of a number of excessive court docket and Supreme Courtroom orders, the activists stated.

“The proposed acquisition will have an effect on the livelihood of farmers drastically. They’ve been cultivating numerous crops resembling paddy, sugarcane, groundnut and plenty of different crops on these lands,” the assertion launched by the farmers learn. “As an alternative of acknowledging the grave issues of farmers and discovering a democratic answer to the calls for of farmers, the stand of the federal government to oppress the elemental rights of farmers to peaceable meeting, free speech and expression is very condemnable. The act of arrest and remand is illegitimate and unconstitutional.”

In the meantime, Chennai-based organisation Arappor Iyakkam stated that 5 of the arrested farmers have been shifted from Vellore jail to numerous different jails resembling Palayamkottai, Cuddalore, Coimbatore, Trichy and Madurai jails, which is a mere harassment and an try to make it troublesome for his or her relations to satisfy them. “The arrest of the farmers appears to be finished with the intention of stifling free speech of farmers and crushing the vital questioning of state motion. The arrest can be meant to be a chilling instance to scare different farmers sooner or later,” they stated.

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