Protesting BKU farmers detained

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: May 27, 2014 22:21 IST

Nearly hundred farmers protesting under the banner of Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) (Sidhupur) were detained by police outside the mini secretariat building here on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, the farmers had gathered outside the building as per their pre-scheduled plan to stage a continuous dharna, but they were stopped by police and were taken to various police stations.

With farmers looking adamant on staging dharna, police packed many of them to various police stations in the district in their vehicles.

Meanwhile, farmers blocked the Bathinda-Mansa road for some time, resulting in traffic jam.

District union president Baldev Singh Sandoha said the state government should fix the rate of Basmati at `4,000 per quintal and a three-member committee should be set up by the government to decide the price of rice produce, and Basmati should make a recommendation in this direction.

He said as the paddy sowing season was approaching near the government should do it as early as possible.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), city, Gurjit Singh Ramana said all the activists who were detained were released.

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