Amritsar: Even as the district administration have done nothing to pacify hundreds of farmers on indefinite dharna outside the deputy commissioner’s office, the Amritsar police have gone into an overdrive to protect the residence of public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia from the agitators.
Anticipating that the farmers protesting since Thursday might move towards Majithia’s house at Green Avenue here, police on Friday deployed their men out there in big numbers, put up barricades, and put the agitators under close watch. The farmers continued with their protest dharna outside the office of deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat. Addressing them, Jamhoori Kissan Sabha state president Satnam Singh Ajnala said: “The indifference of the government is driving farmers to commit suicide.”
The farmers demand minimum support price of Rs 4,500 per quintal for the PUSA 1509 variety of basmati and `5,000 per quintal for the 1121 variety, along with adequate compensation for damage to crop because of weather-related reasons. The farmers’ leaders said if the demands were not met, they would protest outside the houses of all Punjab ministers.
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