The gruesome murder of a person, allegedly by Nihang Sikhs at the protest site at the Singh border, has put farmers’ unions in a spot. Videos have surfaced of 35-year-old Lakhbir Singh of Tarn Taran district of Punjab, who has been killed by some Nihang Sikhs. The Nihangs took the responsibility of the gruesome murder and said that Singh tried to commit sacrilege with regard to the Granth Sahib.This incident has once again drawn the attention towards the farmers’ protest at the Delhi borders. During the January 26 incident, the unions had found it tough to battle the negative perception about the movement. The Friday incident has put them on the backfoot. The unions were trying to take the movement to other parts of UP, post the Lakhimpur incident. “This is murder and the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) is responsible for this. The incident has taken place at the protest site and SKM should take responsibility,” Rajkumar Chahar, BJP Kisan Morcha president, told ET. “We have been saying from day one that people with vested interests are doing all this in the name of farmers. Heinous crimes like rape and murder are taking place at the protest sites. Is this what you call a peaceful movement.”BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya put the onus on Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait. “Had Rakesh Tikait not justified mob lynching in Lakhimpur, with Yogendra Yadav sitting next to him, maintaining sanctimonious silence, the gory murder of a youth at Kundali border would not have happened. Anarchists behind these protests in the name of famers need to be exposed,” Malviya tweeted.Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Class Vijay Sampla had asked the Haryana DGP to submit a report within 24 hours of the killing at the Singhu border. SKM issued a statement and condemned the incident. “Sanyukt Kisan Morcha condemns this killing and wants to make it clear that both parties to this incident, the Nihang group and the deceased person, have no relation with the Morcha. The Morcha is against sacrilege of any religious text or symbol, but that does not give anyone the right to take the law into their own hands,” read a statement. They also offered full cooperation with the police and demanded that the culprits be punished. A discussion is also taking place among farmer leaders to ask the Nihang Sikhs to leave the protest site. “This is a farmers’ movement and some people have been trying to make it a religious movement,” Rajinder Singh Deepsinghwala, vice-president of Kirti Kisan Union told ET.”Incidents of violence have happened in the past too by the Nihang Sikhs. We strongly feel that they have no place at the farmers’ protest site.”

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