A day after clash with policemen in Bathinda, farmers outfits on Sunday threatened to intensify their agitation if police did not withdraw cases registered against protesting farmers by November 18.
The next line of action will be decided in a meeting on November 18 which will be attended by eight farmer unions and four Khet Mazdoor unions, general secretary of BKU Ekta Ugrahan Sukhdev Singh Kokri said in Moga.
Kokri condemned the move of the Bathinda police for using force against farmers who were peacefully holding agitation at Khokhar village in Bathinda district on Saturday.
At least a dozen persons sustained injuries on Saturday after a clash broke out between farmers, demanding ‘adequate’ compensation for cotton crop loss and policemen, forcing Punjab minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon to cancel his visit to the area for laying foundation stone of a road.
Though no arrest was made, police had registered cases against several protesting farmers under various sections of the IPC.
The protest was a part of the farmers’ agitation, announced last month, whereby they had declared that would gherao Akali ministers, MLAs and show black flags to them for ‘failing’ to meet their demands.
Kokari said farmers were agitating in view of the alleged indifferent attitude of the state government towards their demands.
“If Bathinda police fails to withdraw cases registered against farmers, then in meeting on November 18, we will take a call on intensifying the agitation,” he said.
Kokri alleged that a DSP rank officer had used indecent language while asking protesters to vacate the place in Bathinda and farmers strongly took exception to it.
Notably, these 12-farmers outfits had last month held seven-day long ‘rail roko’ agitation in the state, paralysing train services.
They were demanding Rs 40,000 per acre compensation for farmers whose crop got damaged by white fly attack, Rs 20,000 per family compensation for farm labourers, Rs 4,500 per quintal rate for Basmati PUSA 1509 variety, Rs 5,000 per quintal for Basmati PUSA 1121.
Later, they had announced to gherao Akali ministers, MLAs and other party leaders whenever they visit their villages.