The Punjab Kisan Union (PKU) organised a ‘Shaheedi Conference’ on Sunday at Khanna Chamaran village near Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to mark the sixth death anniversary of landless farmers Kashmir Singh and Balwinder Singh and the 100th martyrdom day of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha.
Paying rich tributes to Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, PKU general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhagokanwan said he had made the supreme sacrifice for contribution to India’s struggle for freedom, for which the country would always remain indebted to him. The PKU leader also paid homage to the two tenant farmers whom the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee task force men had killed six years ago for opposing the SGPC’s move to dispossess them of the Khanna Chamaran land they had been tilling for more than 40 years.
Bhagokanwan said the tenant farmers cultivating land for long should be given its possession. The PKU leader demanded 10 marla residential plots each, besides `3 lakh each for building a house on it, for the landless farmers. Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist, Liberation) state secretary Gurmit Singh Bakhatpura said the state and central governments were responsible for the plight of farmers in the paddy procurement season.
He said the recent incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab were an attempt to divert people’s attention from the farmers’ agitation. He said a sitting judge of the Supreme Court should look into these cases.