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Protesting farmers block NH-15, seek arrest of Dalit activist’s killers

Farmers under the banner of Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC) led by Satnam Singh Pannu blocked the national highway-15 (NH-15) near Rasoolpur village, 8km from Tarn Taran , on Friday, seeking arrest of the accused that had allegedly killed a Dalit female activist.

punjab Updated: Nov 26, 2016 14:28 IST
Protesting farmers burning an effigy of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Tarn Taran on Friday.
Protesting farmers burning an effigy of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Tarn Taran on Friday. (HT Photo)

Farmers under the banner of Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC) led by Satnam Singh Pannu blocked the national highway-15 (NH-15) near Rasoolpur village, 8km from Tarn Taran , on Friday, seeking arrest of the accused that had allegedly killed a Dalit female activist.

A 70-year-old activist of Zameen Prapati Sangharsh Committee (ZPSC) Gurdev Kaur, native of Sangrur’s Jhalur village, was injured in a clash with her landlords last month and succumbed to injuries on November 12.

Social and Dalit activists have now been calling her the first martyr of Dalits’ struggle for village’s common land.

Extending their support to those protesting against the ‘inaction’ of police, KSC activists gathered on highway at around 2pm and started raising slogans against the SAD-BJP government for not taking action against the accused.

They also burnt the effigy of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and blocked the road.

The blockade hit traffic order due to which, the commuters had to face inconvenience.

KSC leader Jasbir Singh Piddi said that farmers and labourers had been protesting for last few days in Sangrur but the police are doing injustice with the underprivileged sections by sparing the killers.

“The Dalit community should be given one-third share of the land which is owned by the village panchayat,” he added.