Farmer bodies protest arrests,‘Punjab govt repression’

Protesting against mass arrests in March — ahead of the proposed protest by farmer union a state level rally was organised by Bharti Kisan Union and Khet Mazdoor Union in Barnala on Friday

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Barnala | Updated: April 16, 2014 3:21 pm

Protesting against mass arrests in March — ahead of the proposed protest by farmer union — a state-level rally was organised by Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) and Khet Mazdoor Union in Barnala on Friday. Farmers had gathered in Fatehgarh Channa village,where they had started their protest against land acquisition,a few years back.

The farmers announced they would protest against the ‘repressive’ attitude of the state,because last month,the government had arrested more than 2,500 farmer union leaders against their proposed rally in Chandigarh regarding their pending demands.

Union chief Sukhdev Singh Khokri Kalan said,“We are against the Centre and state government regarding the land sealing act and also oppose the decision of the state government that village panchayats need to give 5-acre land to private schools in their respective villages,” Kalan said.

The Khet Mazdoor union members on Friday demanded waiver of domestic bills of electricity and asked for housing scheme for the poor.

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