Harsimrat Kaur, Sukhbir Badal Held in Punjab

Former Indian Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal were arrested on Thursday evening during a protest against the new farms laws in Chandigarh.

Sukhbir, who is also an MP from Ferozpur, and several other party workers were detained from near Mullapur barrier in Chandigarh. Police also resorted to baton charge and used water cannons to disperse the SAD workers during a Kisan March against the farm legislations.

Putting out a tweet about her arrest, Harsimrat said “they won’t be able to silence us.”

“We are being arrested for speaking out for the rights of farmers, but we are pursuing the truth and our force will not be silenced by this force,” she further wrote.

The SAD, which walked out of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the passage of the farm bills in Parliament, took out three separate ‘kisan marches’ from the three religious Takhts in Punjab to Chandigarh earlier in the day.

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