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Farmers begin three-day protest in Bathinda amid heavy police deployment

The police remained mute spectator as the farmers managed to kick off their three-day protest outside Mini-secretariat on Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Jul 27, 2016 15:23 IST
HT Correspondent
A farmer being stopped by police during a protest march opposite mini-secretariat in Bathinda on Tuesday.
A farmer being stopped by police during a protest march opposite mini-secretariat in Bathinda on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

The police remained mute spectator as the farmers managed to kick off their three-day protest outside Mini-secretariat on Tuesday.

The police made elaborated arrangements to restrict agitating farmers but all their efforts went in vain.

The farmer bodies were demanding government to waive of their loans, besides formulating a policy to put an end to farmer suicides.

The police also barricaded the spot but the farmers confronted police personnel and successfully managed to set up tents outside deputy commissioner’s office.

District president of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugarahan) Shingara Singh Mann said the farmers were fed up from anti-farmer policies of Punjab government, therefore no police could restrict them to hold protest for their rights.

“The police was trying to create panic by deploying police personnel in large number at protest site even after the farmers’ unions announced peaceful protest. The police officials asked us to shift protest to some other place but we refused,” Mann said.

BKU (ugarahan) state president Buta Singh Burjgill said the government was completely ignorant towards their demands.

“The seriousness of the government could be gauged from the fact that it has failed to take serious note of corrupt practices in agriculture department. Even after last year’s (crop) loss, it is shameful that the senior officials of agriculture department were caught while making deals with pesticide dealers to allow them to sell spurious pesticides,” Burjgill said.

He added that if government fails to pay heed to their demands, the farmers would intensify their protest.

Among other demands, the farmers want government to recalculate their debts, take action against defaulter commission agents, give compensation of `5 lakh and a government job to next kin of farmers who have committed suicides, withdraw Prevention of Damage To Public and Private Property Act and set minimum price of `4,500 per quintal for basmati 1509 variety and `5,000 for 1121 and clearance of dues of sugarcane growers.