Hisar: Farmers protest stoppage of urea distribution, cop injured
An assistant sub-inspector was on Sunday allegedly thrashed by a group of farmers in Hansi, about 26 km from here, who tore his uniform and injured him when the distribution of urea in police post grain market was stopped for a while, police said.punjab Updated: Jan 11, 2015 20:10 IST
An assistant sub-inspector was on Sunday allegedly thrashed by a group of farmers in Hansi, about 26 km from here, who tore his uniform and injured him when the distribution of urea in police post grain market was stopped for a while, police said.
ASI Dharamvir Singh was injured police said, adding, aggressive and angry farmers blocked the traffic on Jind road for a while.
When additional force reached there the farmers allegedly pelted stones and broke glass of an SHO's jeep.
"The police exercised restraint and persuaded the farmers to be patient and observe discipline so that distribution of urea could be started again," a police spokesman said.
He said the farmers relented when the urea distribution was resumed in Hansi.
In Hisar, the situation turned volatile when farmers did not accept police's appeal to end blockade on Sirsa road, which they had blocked alleging that they were not getting their urea fertiliser supply on time.
Meanwhile, a farmer, Sanjay, was injured and later admitted to civil hospital.
Police spokesman denied allegations that Sanjay was injured in a lathicharge by police, saying he might have been injured some other way.
Many farmers alleged that senior administrative officers are avoiding facing the angry farmers and police alone is tackling the situation.
Angry over the alleged non-availability of urea fertiliser, scores of farmers had last month resorted to blocking rail and road traffic at many places across Haryana.
However, later, the Haryana government had assured the farmers that urea supplies were adequate and appealed to the peasants not to resort to "panic buying" and stock up the fertiliser well beyond their requirement as that may cause scarcity in future.
Meanwhile, main opposition INLD's Hisar MP, Dushyant Chautala today alleged that ruling BJP in Haryana had forgotten about the tall promises it had made to the farmers before last year's assembly polls held in October.
"Before assuming power the BJP leaders had announced to improve the condition of farmers by implementing the Swaminathan Commission report, put an end to hoarding of urea and pay remunerative prices to the farmers," Dushyant Chautala today said while addressing farmers in village Kharak Punia, in Hisar district.
He claimed that present scenario of the state has proved that these announcements were merely "election gimmicks of BJP".
"BJP has forgotten its promises made to the farmers before the elections...farmers are running from pillar to post to get urea for their withering crops and are clashing with the police to get their due. On the contrary, hoarders are selling the urea in black market," he alleged.
"INLD will not tolerate injustice meted out to farmers and will and pressurise the government to fulfil genuine demands of the peasants," said Chautala.