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After HC orders, farmers cancel plan to block Jalandhar-Phagwara highway

Farmers are demanding an increase in minimum support price (MSP) of sugarcane from Rs 300 to 350 per quintal and early procurement of CO 0238 type of sugarcane, which is usually lifted in January every year.

punjab Updated: Nov 16, 2017 14:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Phagwara
HC orders,farmers cancel plan,block Jalandhar-Phagwara highway
Farmers protesting at the grain market in Phagwara on Wednesday.(HT photo)

Farmer unions cancelled their plan to block the national highway (NH) 1 in Phagwara on Wednesday. But protested at Phagwara grain market here for five hours. The move came after strict directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana high court to Jalandhar and Kapurthala police to prevent the farmer unions from blocking the highway on Wednesday.

Thousands of farmers led by Doaba Sangharsh Committee along with other farmer unions had decided to block the highway a few days ago.

Farmers are demanding an increase in minimum support price (MSP) of sugarcane from ₹300 to ₹350 per quintal and early procurement of CO 0238 type of sugarcane, which is usually lifted in January every year.

Sources said police approached farmer union representatives on Tuesday night and convinced them to not block the highway in wake of the court’s orders.

Harman Singh Sidhu, president of NGO Arrive Safe Society, Chandigarh had filed a petition against the roadblock call by farmer unions before the high court. As per the petition, it was requested to the district authorities of Kapurthala and Jalandhar to protect life, liberty and property of the public and those who commute through NH1, particularly from Chaheru Bridge, GT Road.

Following this, police forces were deployed on the highway. Sources said, the police had approached the farmer union representatives on Tuesday night and convinced them to not block the highway in wake of the court’s orders.

Following this, the farmers only protested at the grain market in Phagwara. Punjab Doaba Sangharsh Committee president Manjeet Singh Rai said, a memorandum was submitted to the Kapurthala deputy commissioner Mohammad Tayyab.

Rai appealed to the farmers to take up their demands before Capt Amarinder Singh. He said that they will announce their further course of action if their demands are not considered.

Deputy inspector general (DIG) Jaskaran Singh along with Kapurthala senior superintendent of police Sandeep Kumar Sharma also reviewed the security arrangements and interacted with the farmers.

First Published: Nov 15, 2017 14:34 IST