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‘Jail Bharo Andolan’: Moga cops resort to mild force on protesting CPI workers

Police tried to disperse them, and reportedly resorting to mild force on workers trying to scale the wall to forcibly enter the premises.

punjab Updated: Jul 27, 2017 15:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Moga
Goods and Services Tax,Swaminathan commission,Left
CPI workers during a protest in Moga on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

The local police reportedly resorted to mild force to prevent the members of Communist Party of India (CPI) from entering the deputy commissioner office here on Wednesday. The party members were holding a ‘Jail Bharo Andolan,’ demanding rights for farmers.

Following a national call of court arrests, hundreds of party members gathered outside the Moga bus stand and held a peaceful protest. After this, they moved towards the DC office to present themselves for arrests, and were not allowed to enter the premises. Police tried to disperse them, and reportedly resorting to mild force on workers trying to scale the wall to forcibly enter the premises.

Comrade Kuldeep Bhola, general secretary, CPI, alleged that the police lathichargeed on them, in which their workers — Sukhjinder Mahesri, Jagseer Khosa, Pargat Singh Badhni — have sustained injuries.

The protestors were demanding implementation of the Swaminathan commission report, which recommended a complete loan waiver of farmers and farm labourers, and abolishment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on agricultural tools. “If our demands aren’t met, we will intensify our protests,” Bhola said.

Meanwhile, deputy superintendent of police (DSP city) Gobinder Singh denied having resorted to any force on the protestors.

First Published: Jul 27, 2017 15:15 IST