The lathicharge by the Amritsar city police on the agitating farmers late Friday has come in for widespread condemnation from opposition political parties and farmer organisations.
Border Area Kisan Sangharsh Committee and Jamhuri Kisan Sabha said it was not required. Referring to the canecharge and the use of teargas shells by the police, the two organisations maintained that water cannons could have been used to disperse the farmers.
Maintaining that it was uncalled for, the Congress also condemned the lathicharge by the police,
"This is the true face of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Badals, who claim to be the champions of farmers' cause. It is high time that farmers wake up and realise the truth," said Amritsar District Congress Committee (DCC) chief Gurjit Singh Aujla. Aujla said Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman of Punjab Mandi Board, should quit his post and join hands with the farmers.
Meanwhile, radical Sikh group Dal Khalsa also condemned the lathicharge.
Terming the incident as ugly and shameful, the Dal Khalsa said the Punjab police have perfected the art of torture in full public view by resorting to canecharge in the name of restoring law and order.
SC Commission summons police commissioner
Vice-chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (SCs) Raj Kumar Verka summoned police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh to get first-hand information of the incident.
Some of those were injured in the lathicharge belonged to the SC community. Verka also visited some of the injured farmers, including Swaran Kaur who suffered burn injuries after being hit directly by a teargas shell. He also met the family members of the deceased farmer.