Punjab DIG resigns to show support for protesting farmers

Expressing solidarity with protesting farmers, Lakhminder Singh Jakhar, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Prisons, in Chandigarh, resigned from his post on Saturday.

“I am a farmer first and a police officer later. Whatever position I have got today, it is because my father worked as a farmer in the fields and he made me study. Hence, I owe my everything to farming,” Jakhar told Indian Express.

Jakhar wrote a letter to Punjab’s principal secretary (home), asking to be considered for premature retirement from service. “I’d like to inform you of my considered decision to stand with my farmer brothers who’re peacefully protesting against farm laws,” he said.

According to the police officer, his 81-year-old mother ‘does farming and supervises the entire farming operations in the village’.

“I could not look into her eyes, when she asked me what was my opinion of our farmer brothers and sisters braving the cold in Delhi since November 26 while they had been on roads in Punjab as well since mid-September,” Jakhar told reporters.