Farmers' Protest: Alarming! UK MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi raises concern after Shubkaran's death

British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi questioned the Indian government's orders to legitimate posts and accounts of activists and asked for freedom of expression and human rights of peaceful protestors.

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Amid the ongoing Delhi Chalo march by farmers, the British Parliament expressed worry on Thursday about Shubkaran Singh's death near the Khanauri border. British Sikh member of parliament Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi stated that farmers' "freedom of expression" had to be safeguarded. 

While expressing his condolences on Shubkaran Singh's death and calling for the protection of human rights at the Parliament on Thursday, Dhesi expressed his concern, saying, “Many of my Slough constituents, including members of the Sikh community and Gurdwaras, have written to me regarding their serious concerns about the safety of protesting farmers in their attempt to march towards New Delhi.”

He further added, "Human rights must be protected, and the Indian government must ensure that all voices are heard and respected." Singh also urged the Indian government to engage in meaningful dialogue with the farmers to resolve the ongoing crisis.

Dhesi also mentioned the Indian government’s orders to legitimate the social media accounts and posts on X (previously Twitter) linked to farmers’ protests.

The comments from Dhesi followed the death of a 21-year-old farmer on Wednesday, which occurred after demonstrators called off their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march again because they did not agree with the Center's plans for a minimum support price (MSP) that would last for five years.

Current situation:

The farmers' protests continue, with several rounds of talks between the government and farmers failing to resolve. Meanwhile, human rights groups have raised concerns about the use of force by authorities against protesters and the detention of activists. However, the Indian government has denied these allegations and maintains it is committed to finding a peaceful solution to the protests.