Day after clash in Bathinda, two farmer union activists arrested

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Nov 16, 2015 09:11 IST

A day after clash between farmers and the police, two activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugarahan) were arrested on Sunday.

The police have registered two cases against more than 20 farmers under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 186 (obstructing a public servant in discharge of public function).

The arrested, identified as Jasveer Singh and Ram Singh, both from Mandi Kalan village were sent to the jail here. Eight people, including five policemen, were injured in the clash when the police tried to stop farmers from creating ruckus at the venue of a function to be addressed by cabinet minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon.

The farmers are agitating in favour of their demands such as compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre for the loss to their cotton crop and a price of Rs 4,500 per quintal for the 1509 PUSA variety of basmati and Rs 5,000 per quintal for the 1121 variety.

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