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70 'missing' persons found in Delhi jails: Punjab CM

70 missing persons found in Delhi jails: Punjab CM

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said that 70 out of a total of 89 persons reported missing from the state since the Republic Day violence in the national capital have been found in Delhi jails. Of these, 14 were traced at other places and five were still missing, he said during an all-party meeting in Chandigarh.

"As per the information received five persons from Punjab are still missing. All efforts are being made to trace them," he said.

The CM had earlier announced a helpline number '112' for citizens to make complaints in this regard.

The 70-member lawyers' team of Advocate General Atul Nanda, appointed to help out the farmers with free legal aid, were reaching out to those in jail and those facing charges filed against them by the Delhi Police, said Amarinder Singh.

The Chief Minister asserted that his government was extending all possible help to the protesting farmers camping out at Delhi's borders for over two months now, and also to their families back home.

He also added that no effort would be spared to ensure the safe return of all the farmers to their homes in Punjab.

The Chief Minister also disclosed that the 170 cases registered against farmers during protests in Punjab were being withdrawn by his government.

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