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Implementation of Swaminathan report: Farmers gherao Faridkot police station, 109 held

The farmers were arrested after they refused to leave the spot. Meanwhile, the seemingly baffled cops refused to comment on the issue.

punjab Updated: Aug 11, 2017 15:27 IST
HT Correspondent
Farmers said that the report includes suggestions for the welfare of farmers but government is hesitant to implement the report.
Farmers said that the report includes suggestions for the welfare of farmers but government is hesitant to implement the report. (HT Photo)

The local police arrested 109 farmers after they gheraoed the city police station in Faridkot on Thursday. The farmers were protesting against the government for not adhering with their demands including complete waiver of their debts and implementation of Prof MS Swaminathan report.

Farmers said that the report includes suggestions for the welfare of farmers but government is hesitant to implement the report. State president of Bharti Kisan Union (Sidhupura) Jagjit Singh said, there can be no end to suicides by aggrieved farmers if the recommendations are not implemented.

The farmers were arrested after they refused to leave the spot. Meanwhile, the seemingly baffled cops refused to comment on the issue.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jastinder Singh left his office as journalists sought his comments on the issue. He said that he cannot comment on the issue as he doesn't want to give any limelight to the protesting farmers. A National Commission on Farmers (NCF) was constituted on November 18, 2004, under the chairmanship of Prof Swaminathan, to address the calamity of farmers suicides in India. Farmers’ protest enters day two

Continuing their protest demanding farm debt waiver and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission report, farmers under the banner of four unions courted arrest on Thursday. On day two, farmers protested in front of the district administrative complex, and were arrested by the police. The farmers were taken to Civil Lines police station.

They are protesting under four farmer unions — BKU (Ekta-Sidhupur), BKU (Kadian), Pagari Sambhal Jatta Lehar and Sangharsah Committee Doaba — from August 9 to August 15, across Punjab.