Farmers protest against land bill, burn Union govt's effigy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 20:43 IST

Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), on Wednesday, continued their protest against the land acquisition bill passed in the Lok Sabha and burnt an effigy of the Union government alleging that the bill was anti-farmer and announced to intensify the agitation against the legislation.

The activists also sat on a dharna in the children's park here. The leaders of farmers said their protest would continue till Friday and activists would be burning copies of the bill on Thursday as a mark of protest.

General secretary of the union Sukhdev Singh Khokarikalan said that the bill passed in the Lok Sabha was anti-farmer and the government aimed at pleasing the corporate houses through this bill while suppressing the voice of farmers and land owners and farmers will not accept this bill.

He said that the union was staging protests at as many as 12 district headquarters and copies of the bill be burnt at each of these locations. The farmers demanded that the Central government should also implement recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission on the minimum support price of agricultural crops.

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