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Farmers’ protest at Cantt police station enters Day 3

Farmers’ protest at Cantt police station enters Day 3
Members of BKU Ekta Ugrahan protest outside the Cantt police station in Bathinda on Tuesday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 11

The indefinite protest by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Ekta Ugrahan, outside the Cantt police station here entered the third day on Tuesday. The farmers are seeking registration of a case against commission agents Ashok Kumar and Surjit Kumar on the charge of abetting the suicide of Manjit Singh of Bucho Khurd.

While addressing the protesters, BKU Ekta Ugrahan district president Shingara Singh Mann, Mothu Singh Kotra and Harinder Kaur Bindu alleged that the commission agents had duped Manjit Singh of Rs 20 lakh. When he asked for his money they refused, forcing Manjit Singh to take the extreme step.

Manjit, a resident of Bucho Khurd, was block president of the BKU Ekta Ugrahan. He had sold his land for Rs 45 lakh to Ashok Kumar and Surjit Kumar. Of the total amount, he did not take Rs17 lakh from them, on an assurance that he would ask for his money whenever he needed it.

The farmer leaders added that on January 25, Manjit went to the commission agents to take Rs 2 lakh, but they refused to give his money. Irked over this, he consumed some poisonous substance the next day. He died on February 8 at a private hospital.

They also accused that the state government and civil and police administration had given a free hand to commission agents to loot farmers by committing frauds in receipts, records and by charging hefty commission and interest rates.

The leaders claimed that they were protesting in this hot weather for the past three days but no notice had been taken by the police administration and no case had been registered against the commission agents till date.

The members of the farm body alleged that the commission agents had taken blank cheques from farmers and were imposing illegal penalties on them. They also condemned the state government for its failure to rescue Fatehveer, the child who fell into a borewell in a Sangrur village.

Farmer leaders Mohan Singh, Santokh Singh, Bhola Singh, Amrik Singh, Karamjit Kaur and Bhola Singh Raikhana also took part in the protest.


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