The Sambhal district administration in Uttar Pradesh has issued notices to six farmer leaders asking them to present personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each, as a police report warned of a breach of the peace during the protest against the new agricultural laws. an official said Thursday.
The six farmers, who were notified of the warnings, include Bharatiya Kisan Union (Asli) district president Rajpal Singh Yadav and farmer leaders Jaiveer Singh, Brahmachari Yadav, Satendra Yadav, Raudas, and Veer Singh. They organized protests in the district over the Centre’s three controversial agricultural laws.
“We have received a report from the Hayatnagar Police Station that some people incite farmers and there may be a breach of the peace, and they should be asked to fill in personal bonds of Rs 50 lakh each,” said subdivisional magistrate Deependra. Yadav.
The peasants said the amount was excessive, as a result of which the commissioned police station gave another report and were asked to present personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each, according to Mr. Yadav.
The warnings were issued under Section 111 (Magistrate’s Order Against Any Person Who May Commit a Violation of the Peace) of the Code of Criminal Procedure on the basis of a report submitted by the police, the official said.
“We will not fill the constraints at any time,” said BKU (Asli) leader Rajpal Singh Yadav. “They can hang us or send us to jail. We are fighting for the rights of farmers.”
BKU (Asli) division president Sanjeev Gandhi said none of them or their family members had signed the bonds.
“We are having peaceful protests, not any crime,” he added.