Punjab AAP leader LoP Harpal Singh Cheema prevented from meeting Nodeep Kaur in Sonipat jail

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CHANDIGARH: Raising its voice against the illegal arrest of social activist Nodeep Kaur by the Haryana police, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader and Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Punjab Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema, deputy leader of opposition Sarvjeet Kaur Manuke and party’s youth wing co-president Anmol Gagan Mann, went to meet her at Karnal jail on Tuesday.

However, the Haryana government prevented them from meeting Nodeep Kaur by giving illogical reasoning. Addressing the media on the occasion, the leaders said that to show solidarity in her struggle, they had decided to meet Nodeep Kaur and wanted to let her know that the people of her state are with her.

However, the BJP government in Haryana and the BJP CM has put the state of Haryana in a state of internal emergency, they said. “Jail rules are being flouted and illogical reasoning is being given to prevent us from meeting Nodeep Kaur,” added the leaders. They said that despite an application being submitted by them, the Haryana police was stating that meetings had been cancelled due to Covid. “We would like to ask the Haryana police where is Covid when relatives meet normal inmates? Why is Corona a problem when it comes to meeting Nodeep Kaur. What is the BJP government trying to hide?,” said the leaders. Further lashing out at Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the AAP leaders said that the daughter of Punjab had been detained in Karnal jail for over the last 30 days. They said that the news of detention had gotten international attention but the CM of her own home state seems to have no care.

“We have been appealing to the Captain Amarinder to talk to his counterpart in Haryana and demand the immediate release of Nodeep Kaur but he has neither taken any initiative in this regard nor has he made efforts to know about her condition or if she needs any help,” added the leaders. Slamming Captain Amarinder for failing on every front, the leader said that being the Chief Minister of the state, Captain had failed in protecting its citizens. They said that today the people of Punjab were out on streets protesting for their rights and survival but when they were being suppressed; Captain Amarinder was doing nothing to intervene. They said that as the principal opposition party in Punjab, the AAP would provide all possible help to Nodeep Kaur and her family.

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