Nearly 1,000 workers of Kisan Sangarsh Samiti on Sunday afternoon sat on dharna on the bridge connecting Sultanpur Lodhi to Goindwal Sahib near Mundi Mour village demanding cancellation of FIR and release of Sangarsh Samiti members arrested by Kapurthala police on Sunday morning.
The police had booked nine leaders of Kisan Sangarsh Samiti and nearly 50 unidentified persons on the charges of trespassing in to the house of a commission agent (aarhti), kept him detained and later indulging in the violent clash with the members of Aarhti Association.
The police have also arrested 25 members of the Kisan Sangarsh Samiti, sources said. Heavy police force was deployed to avoid any untoward incident. SSP Kapurthala was present with other senior officials of the district to control the situation.
The incident happened at Jhanduwala Kamboan village on Saturday morning where the Kisan Sangarh Committee members house-arrested the commission agent Sukhpal Vir Singh alias Sonu demanding clearance of dues of a farmer.
"A farmer attached with some other commission agent sold his produce to Sonu in order to avoid the repayment of the loan taken from that commission agent, few months back. After knowing the development, a meeting of Aarhti association was called and it was decided that Sonu will make the payment to that farmer after repaying the loan but the farmer was protested against it," police sources said adding that, "To get his dues clear, the farmer approached the leaders of Kisan Sangarsh Samiti."
On Saturday, the members of Kisan Sangarsh Committee fought with the Aarhti association members, who reached there after learning about house arrest. In the clash, 10 persons reportedly got injured and admitted to Civil Hospital at Sultanpur Lodhi. Kapurthala police had booked the committee leaders under different sections of the IPC for house-arrest, attack and disturbing the peace in the area.
"Under political pressure, police had booked the committee members only while the leader of Aarhti association, a close associate of former finance minister Bibi Upinderjit Kaur, started the attack with sharp-edged weapons, we all were mercilessly beaten in the presence of police," a Kisan union member, Paramjeet Singh said.
SSP Kapurthala, Inderbir Singh, said, "So far, no leader of Kisan Sangarsh Samiti has approached us. They have blocked the bridge and we have diverted the traffic to avoid any untoward incident. We will pacify the agitators and clear the roads as early as possible."
The dharna continued till the filing of report and was likely to be continued for a long as Kisan union workers were seen arranging langar for the agitators at the dharna point.