Continuing their endeavour to execute chaos in the national capital region on Republic Day, Khalistani organisations led by outlawed outfit ‘Sikhs for Justice’ have now come out in the open to give a clarion call to the protesting farmers to cut Delhi’s power supply lines and damage the electricity supply infrastructure on January 25 and 26, in order to plunge the national capital into darkness. This has further stamped the authorities over doubts that the much-touted “tractor parade” of the protestors is actually aimed at creating anarchy in the country and an atmosphere of social strife.
According to a report by TOI, SFJ’s Gurpatwant Singh Pannun has called upon farmers to cut off the electricity supply to Delhi on January 25 and 26 on the premise that electricity distribution companies like BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yumma are owned by the same ‘Ambanis’ who will supposedly be the sole beneficiaries of the three farm reforms passed by the country’s parliament in September last year. Protests are raging on the borders of Delhi against the three farm laws which ‘farmers’ foolishly claim will end up mooring their lands in the hands of corporate giants, leaving them at the sole mercy of private companies.
Quoting sources, a Dainik Jagran report claimed that BSES, which supplies power in Delhi, has also received threats from Khalistani groups, which are planning to damage its towers and power grids in Delhi. The report further adds that Khalistani organisations based out of the UK and U.S. are sending out video messages urging the protesting farmers to protest against the farm laws by plunging Delhi into darkness. This comes in the backdrop of Delhi Police last month issuing a warning, saying that SFJ might attempt to hijack two Air India flights to London.
In line with the threats to Delhi’s power distribution system, Delhi police have beefed up security at all the power sub-stations and grids across the national capital. Essentially, the protesting farmers are inviting hell upon themselves by associating with a “tractor parade” whose sole aim is to disrupt normal life in the national capital while hogging international limelight themselves. It would not be hyperbole to say that in light of such rhetoric being spun by Khalistani organisations, the protestors would be met with a disproportionate force if they were to attempt any misadventures on such a day of national importance for India.
Having already lost all morality to continue with the protests, the onus is now on the ‘farmers’ to preserve whatever sanctity remains of their agitation. It is quite funny, meanwhile, how the farmers gave Delhi Police and the Centre an upper hand when it comes to dealing with the protests – on no less than a silver platter.