scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Sunday, January 23, 2022

Gobindpura clash: PPP,Dal Khalsa slam Badals

Police arrested a group villagers heading towards the trouble-torn Gobindpura even as a section of farmers held protest march in the village and the Opposition parties criticized the police action.

Written by Express News Service | Patiala/jalandhar/chandigarh |
October 13, 2011 3:33:07 am

A day after police and farmers clashed over the construction of a boundary wall over a piece of land for the proposed Indiabulls power plant,the police arrested a group villagers heading towards the trouble-torn Gobindpura even as a section of farmers held protest march in the village and the Opposition parties criticized the police action.

Terming the lathicharge on the farmers as ugly and shameful,People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Badal said,“People demanding their rightful claims were cane charged,old women were dragged and dissidents were chased. The government should apologize and order action against the men in khaki who unlawfully launched an attack on the protestors.”

Stating that the state machinery is being abused,the former finance minister said,state should wait till a Bill passed by the Centre is implemented. “The Bill is tailored to take care of rights of the farmers and award appropriate compensation in consonance of prevailing market prices,” Manpreet said.

Taking a dig at Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal,he said,“He should be busy maintaining law and order rather than inaugurating projects which already stand inaugurated.”

In a similar vein,the Dal Khalsa too asked the Akali-BJP government to stop the danda-raj in Punjab.

Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh and secretary for human rights,Pritpal Singh,said that newspapers have highlighted how Punjab Police launched a barbaric lathicharge and misbehaved with the agitating women.

Slamming the Parkash Singh Badal government for its controversial policies on land acquisition,they said the only answer SAD-BJP combine had for agitating farmers was batons. “It is ironic that neither the courts nor the Punjab Human Rights Commission has taken the suo moto notice of these (barbaric) acts of the police”.

Taking a dig at Congress,they alleged that the Capt Amrinder Singh led Congress government had done the same with the farmers of three villages in Barnala district to appease Trident group. “Ironically,both have treated and handled the land issue in a repressive manner,” they added.

Meanwhile,earlier in the day the Gobindpura villagers held a protest march,raised anti-government slogans and burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister. Minutes before this,A group of farmers heading towards the village were arrested near Mansa Kainchian. The farmers were on their way to join the protest march.

BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) spokesperson Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said nearly 300 farmers were arrested by police and taken to various police stations in the district.

Mansa SSP Surinderpal Singh Parmar claimed that 200 farmers were arrested as a “preventive” measure and would be let off shortly.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Chandigarh News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement