Punjab's DIG Jails resigns in protest against farm laws

Punjab’s Deputy Inspector General, Jails, Lakhwinder Singh Jakhar on Sunday submitted his resignation in protest against the contentious farm laws, saying “he’s a farmer first and a police officer later”. Jakhar, 56, who was suspended in May for allegedly taking monthly bribe from jail officials, was reinstated two months ago.

In his resignation letter, Jakhar, who also served the Indian Army, wrote: “I am a farmer first and a police officer later. Whatever position I have got today, it is because my father worked as a farmer in the fields and he made me study. Hence, I owe my everything to farming.”

He told the media that his mother encouraged him to resign so as to sit with farmers in Delhi. “I am likely to visit Delhi soon,” he added.