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Angered by long wait at ATMs, farmers block Khemkaran Road

punjab Updated: Dec 01, 2016 15:35 IST
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Angered over not getting cash from banks and ATMs, more than 250 farmers blocked the Amritsar-Khemkaran Road at Sur Singh village, Tarn Taran district, on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

More than 250 farmers blocked the busy Amritsar-Khemkaran Road at Sur Singh village on Wednesday after waiting for hours at ATMs, but in vain.

The country is facing a massive cash crunch following the demonetisation of high currency notes by the Modi government.

The farmers reportedly queued up at ATMs located at the village bus stop in the morning but decided to hold a dharna after they were angered by the long wait.

This is the season for sowing wheat and cash is of utmost importance to them right now.

Blocking the road, they started shouting slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the state government.

They told HT they were queueing up for the past two days to get cash from the ATM, but returned empty-handed both days because the banks were not putting cash in them.

“I have a dire need for cash because my farming has been badly affected. I’ve been standing in queues for the past three days now,” said Gurpreet Singh, a young farmer.

He alleged, “On the other hand, the rich don’t have to suffer this way.”

The stir left police in a fix as chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was visiting farmers in the border areas to distribute compensation cheques at Khalra village, 10km away from the spot. Bhikhiwind DSP Jaimal Singh rushed to the spot with his team and persuaded protesters to lift the agitation. However, the dharna lasted a few hours despite police intervention.