India: lynching during peasant sit-ins, arrest – Last Hour

India: lynching during peasant sit-ins, arrest – Last Hour
India: lynching during peasant sit-ins, arrest – Last Hour

(ANSA) – NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 16 – A man was lynched to death yesterday inside the Singhu camp, in the state of Delhi, one of the pivotal places of the Indian peasants’ protest since November 2020.

Police arrested Sarvjit Singh this morning, accusing him of being the instigator of the herd that mutilated and tortured, to death, mercilessly filming his agony, Lakhbir Singh, a farmhand who, according to the attackers, would have desecrated a holy book of the Sikhs.

Sarvjit Singh, identified by the police thanks to some chilling videos spread on social media, is the leader of the Nihang Sikhs, a religious group that runs a temple inside the protest camp. A group from Nihang attacked the co-religionist, cut off his hand and tortured him, and finally tied him to one of the metal barriers that mark the boundaries of the camp, leaving him in agony.

When the police reached the scene of the attack, the man was dead, and those responsible for the lynching refused for a long time to hand over his body.

The victim, 35, father of three daughters, belonged to the Dalit caste, the lowest in India’s stringent socio-religious hierarchy, and was also of the Sikh religion.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the trade union organization that leads the peasants’ protest in Punjab and Delhi state, condemned the murder and distanced itself from the incident. (HANDLE).

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