After the ‘rail roko’ agitation that ended few days back, hundreds of farmers, marching towards the residence of Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia, staged a vociferous protest when they were stopped by the local police.
After gathering outside the office of deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat, hundreds of farmers decided to stage a dharna outside Majithia’s residence. As they started marching towards his Green Avenue residence, heavy police deployment was made on the Old Jail road and the farmers were stopped going further towards the minister’s house.
Raising slogans against the Punjab government, farmers who were demanding better rates for the basmati varieties, decided to block the entire road, putting the traffic out of gear.
Though the police had barricaded the road outside Majithia’s residence since morning, more force was added as soon as they came to know about farmers marching towards the residence of the minister.
Criticising, both, the Modi and the Badal government, the farmer leaders said both the governments have failed to fulfill the promises and were responsible for the present condition of the farmers.
“We have been on agitation since long. As of now, the condition of farmer is pathetic. Many are reeling under debt while many have committed suicides. It is shocking that the government has failed to react to the situation and is adamant on farmer issues.”
Farmer leader Satnam Singh Ajnala said, “At a time when the situation has worsened and the farmers of the state are on roads, both the district administration and the state government have become mute spectators. We will continue our agitation and fight for our rights”
Kissan Sangharsh Committee senior vice-president Sarwan Singh Pandher said, “We are committed to fight for our rights and will further intensify the agitation if things do not improve.”