Home Ministry slams linking its letter on human trafficking to ‘unrelated’ issue of farmers’ stir

The Union Home Ministry on Saturday termed as “distorted” and “misleading” media reports linking its letter to the Punjab government on the plight of 58 “bonded labourers” rescued in the state to the farmers’ agitation and said no motive should be ascribed to a routine communication over law and order issues.

The ministry said a section of media has erroneously reported that the ministry has written the letter to Punjab levelling “grave charges” against the farmers of the state.

“These news reports are misleading and present a distorted and highly editorialised opinion of a simple observation about a socioeconomic problem emerging from four sensitive border districts of Punjab over a period of two years, which has been brought to the attention of this ministry by the concerned Central Armed Police Force,” the home ministry said in a statement.

The home ministry added, “Firstly, no motive can be ascribed to a letter issued by this ministry to a particular state or states as this is part of routine communication over law and order issues.”

The ministry said the letter has also been forwarded to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Labour and Employment with a request to carry out a sensitisation exercise in all states to check the duping of vulnerable victims at the hands of unscrupulous elements.

“Secondly, some of the news reports about the letter have juxtaposed in a totally unrelated context to conclude that the MHA has framed…

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