A serving police officer of the Punjab Police, Lakhminder Singh Jakhar, who was serving as the Deputy Inspector General (DIG), prisons in Chandigarh has resigned from his job in a bid to express his solidarity with the protesting farmers.

“I have completed all the formalities. I don’t think there will be any problem in acceptance of my resignation letter,” Lakhminder Singh Jakhar said.

56-year-old Jakhar was earlier suspended in May over graft charges. However, he was reinstated two months later.

Jakhar, in his resignation letter, has offered “to deposit three months’ salary of the notice period and other arrears as well, so that he can be relieved at the earliest.”

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“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 everything to farming,” Jakhar said.

Jakhar has submitted his resignation to the Principal Secretary (Prisons), DK Tiwari requesting “to be treated as prematurely retired from service”.

In his resignation letter, Jakhar said, “I would like to inform you of my considered decision to stand with my farmer brothers who’re peacefully protesting against Farm laws.”

Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana and other areas have been protesting near the Delhi border against the new farm laws.

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