The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent notices to over a dozen people, including two journalists and farmer leaders in Punjab on Saturday.
Many including farmers leaders and politicians alleged that the move of central agency is a bid to crush the ongoing farmers’ protest. However, in an official note NIA said that they have been summoned for the injury into the Sikh For Justice (SFJ) case.
The NIA has summoned Baldev Singh, the president of Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society (LBIWS), one of the unions participating in ongoing farmers’ agitation in capital city.
Sirsa has been asked to appear at the NIA headquarters in New Delhi on January 17.
“First, the Government tried to derail the farmer agitation through the Supreme Court, now it is using the NIA,” Sirsa told reporters.
Sira who accused Narendra Modi government of terrorising farmers, said that the NIA is working day and night to scuttle the tractor rally on January 26.
Besides Singh, Surender Singh Thikriwal, Palwinder Singh, Pardeep Singh, Nobeljit Singh and Karnail Singh have also been summoned to appear before the agency.
According to the sources, the NIA had registered a case on December 15 last year after a notification from the government under several sections of the IPC and the draconian UAPA.
In the FIR, the NIA alleged that SFJ “have entered into a conspiracy to create an atmosphere of fear and lawlessness and to cause disaffection in people and to incite them towards rising in rebellion against the government.”
The FIR also claims that “huge funds are being collected abroad for on-ground campaigns and propaganda against the Government of India including staging demonstrations outside Indian missions in countries like the USA, UK, Canada, Germany and so forth.”