The police stopped the farmers at different places from marching towards Chandigarh where farmer’s unions had announced to start a “pakka morcha” (indefinite protest) at Matka Chowk in support of their demands, on Monday.
Seven of the farmer’s unions had announced to start indefinite protest at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh from Monday onward. The farmer’s unions are demanding debt waiver, compensation of Rs 5 lakh to farm suicide victim families, survey of farm suicide from 1990 onward, compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre to farmers whose cotton crop was destroyed in whitefly attack and making laws in favour of farmers to stop farm suicides.
The farmers had gathered in Jethuke village, Tungwali village and Dhipali village to march in tractor trolleys and jeeps but police force blocked the roads.
Senior vice-president of Bhartiya Kissan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) Jhanda Singh Jethuke said that unprecedented police force was deployed in the villages to stop farmers even from gathering at one place but they have succeeded to gather at three villages for further planning.
“The police administration does not have the force to put a check on drugs trafficking and checking the law and order situation but they manage to deploy the heavy force to quell the protest of farmers who want to raise the issue of farm suicides,” he said.
Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP), Swapan Sharma said that police didn’t stop any farmers; rather farmers themselves didn’t come out of the gurdwara in Jethuke village while those in Tungwali and Dhipali also went back. He said that about 12 protesters were detained earlier who have been set free.
Farmers intercepted by police in Moga
Hundreds of farmers were intercepted by the heavy police deployed in the Kishanpur Kalan in the district, reportedly to not let them participate in the ‘Karza Mukt Morcha’ protest which was held in Chandigarh.
Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, representative of Bhartiya Kissan Union, said that police may not let them participate in the protest but still the farmers from across the state showed their unity.
“We will not sit quite in the fear of the police and in today’s protest more than 6000 farmers had participated in making the protest successful,” he said.
‘Police have detained around 100 farmers’
Farmers from Barnala commenced their protest for indefinite period at Gurudwara of Fatehgarh Chhanna village when police reportedly did not allow them to proceed to Chandigarh for Pakka Morcha (indefinite protest).
BKU block president Balour Singh said, “Police have detained around 100 farmers near Mehal Kalan to prevent them from proceeding to Chandigarh. Since police has done nakabandi at various places and not allowing us to go to Chandigarh, farmers of Barnala district are on indefinite protest in Fatehgarh Chhanna village.”
Harpreet Singh, SP (headquarters) said police have been deployed to maintain law and order.
Cops foil protest march of farmers in Mansa
To prevent the farmers marching towards Chandigarh, police detained more than 50 protestors in Mansa district.The farmers had gathered near Khyala Kalan village but were stopped from moving ahead. “The cops are not allowing us to move ahead. The Badal family has unleashed all their might against the farmers,” said Mahinder Singh, member of Bharat Kisan Union (Dakounda).
Jasmeet Singh, deputy superintendent of police, said that they have been cautioned by the Chandigarh administration to ensure that farmers should not be allowed to march towards the union territory without permission.