Nihang Sikhs or the “Khalsa Fauj” took over the safety of farmers on the Singhu border late Friday evening, saying they’d not come to battle however to make sure peace.
Occupying one aspect of the Sonepat-Delhi freeway proper subsequent to the police barricades, the lads donning blue tunics and huge turbans with a chakra (spherical sharp weapon) round them, and armed with swords, stated they’d taken positions on the barricades forming a wall between safety personnel and farmers protesting peacefully.
Tenting with 50-60 horses, dropped at the Singhu border in vehicles from Kudhiana, Ropar and different areas of Punjab, and a northern goshawk — the hen often called baaj in Punjabi related to the tenth Sikh grasp Guru Gobind Singh as an emblem of power and tenacity — the Nihang Sikhs stated their presence symbolised security and safety.
“We’ve now camped proper on the barricades throughout which the police power is deployed. If they should attain out to the peaceable protesters, they must undergo us. Nihangs imply security and safety. We’re right here to supply our individuals security and we don’t imply any hurt. We don’t endorse violence in any method,” stated Gurdeep Singh, a member of the group, from Ludhiana.
Condemning the violence that left many protesters injured on the primary day of the agitation when police stopped them from marching into the town, he stated Nihang teams had been unfold over the nation and assembled at any time when required. “We are not looking for the violence to be repeated. We’ve our males from Delhi, Haryana and lots of elements of Punjab becoming a member of us. At current, there are about 500 of us,” he stated.
The horses are tethered subsequent to the concrete obstacles positioned by police. On a pole, in between, rested the hen, round which the Nihangs had been busy making ready their meal of the day. The world the place they cook dinner is taken into account sacred and nobody apart from a Nihang is allowed close to the spot.
One other Khalsa fauji (warrior) Aman Singh, from Ropar, stated their battle was not a spiritual one. “We’re right here to battle for our individuals’s rights. We’ve weapons however we are going to by no means resort to violence. The weapons symbolise security. Our presence signifies that nobody will likely be oppressed or ill-treated.”
One other Nihang, Satnam Singh Baaghi, who joined the group from Maharashtra, stated there are extra of them coming. “Our quantity will solely swell. We are going to solely transfer ahead,” he stated.
Singh stated they had been maintaining a tally of any anti-social parts who could attempt to malign the peaceable protest. “Our males are vigilant and we’re maintaining a tally of anybody who seems to be like an outsider. They’re intercepted and solely let in after their credentials are verified,” he added.
Whereas Nihangs had been noticed solely on the Singhu border in a noticeable quantity, on the Ghazipur protest web site too individuals sounded involved about anti-social parts.
Digambar Singh, 40, a farmer from Bijnor and president of the UP unit of the Bhartiya Kisan Union’s youth wing, stated, “Persons are making an attempt to politicise the protests. We’ve had political cadres are available in and sport caps from farmers’ our bodies to mislead public and get their agenda throughout. Our volunteers hold a strict eye on who’s doing what on the protest websites.” Whereas addressing the gathering on the freeway, Singh instructed the farmers that they should be alert and never enable anybody to hurt the legitimacy of the agitation.