First Powercom officials, and then the farmers booked on their complaint, blocked the traffic on Wednesday on the Mukatsar-Kotkapura road at this village.
The farmers from Hari Ke Kalan, Kotje Bahadargarh, and Khokhar villages, who are in a repeat struggle for compelling Powercom to withdraw the cases, continued the blockade until afternoon. Irregular supply of electricity to the villages had triggered the first wave of the protest on Tuesday evening.
"On June 10, we received electricity for only 4 hours, and the next day, for less than 2 hours," said a farmer from Hari Ke Kalan village. "We went to the Sarai Naga power grid to protest, but nobody heard us. The subdivisional officer concerned tried to sneak out of the office."
Higher authorities in Powercom reached the blockade site and agreed to restore regular supply of electricity. The blockade ended, but again on Wednesday, Powercom slapped cases on 25 tillers, with no assurance that these would be off.
Protest takes political colour
On Wednesday morning, the Powercom employees were first to block traffic on the Mukatsar-Kotkapura road, for cases against the farmers who had smashed the windowpanes of the SDO's car. Some office-bearers of the state's ruling party backed the Powercom men, and the Congress got on the side of farmers.
The farmers ended the last blockade after talks between the Powercom and farmers' supporter Karanbir Singh Brar. The police officers of Bariwala and Mukatsar were unavailable.