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HindustanTimes Thu,24 Jul 2014

Farmers protest in Talwandi Sabo to seek release of arrested leaders

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, June 17, 2014
First Published: 23:10 IST(17/6/2014) | Last Updated: 23:13 IST(17/6/2014)

Farmers, protesting under the banners of BKU (Ekta-Urahan) and Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, were again stopped from entering the Talwandi Sabo area where they wanted to stage a protest on Tuesday.

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However, farmer union leaders said that despite attempts by the police to stop them from entering the area, protests were held in Talwandi Sabo town and Shekpura village to demand the release of six farmer leaders. It was the third consecutive day of protest by farmers in the area demanding release of six of their leaders locked in jail after May 26 protest demanding arrest of third accused Gurlal Singh in the alleged rape of a Dalit minor girl in Gandhar village in Muktsar district in January this year.

General secretary of Khet Mazdoor Union Lachhman Singh Sewewala said that farmers would carry on their protest wherever chief minister Parkash Singh Badal holds sangat darshan programmes across the state.

He said that both organizations will chalk out their strategy to carry on the protest in coming days.

Meanwhile, parents of the rape victim have sent a letter to the national commission for scheduled castes (NCSC) fearing that the police might soften the charges against the third main accused Gurlal Singh.

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