Farmers unions Monday staged a protest outside the office of Amritsar Deputy Commissioner and at the gurdwara in Piddi village,in Tarn Taran district,to demand cancellation of a murder case against farmer activists. ASI Kulbir Singh was allegedly beaten to death,in Piddi village,as he led a police team for pre-emptive arrest of farmers on the eve of rail roko dharna,some days back.
Nearly 100 farmers were rounded up by police outside DC Amritsar office,where farmers had been sitting and causing road blockade. Traffic remained blocked for about an hour outside the office.
The farmers were later let off. No farmer was arrested. Police only acted to clear the road, Amritsar Police Commissioner,Ram Singh,said.
In Tarn Taran district,farmers protested in a gurdwara about three kilometres from Piddi village. A press release by Kisan Sangharsh Committee said the dharna was lifted only after Border Range DIG and Tarn Taran ADC reached the spot and announced that farmers demands of judicial probe into the matter and of not making further arrests in the false case under section 302 (murder),will be taken into consideration.
No announcement regarding judicial probe was made today by me or ADC. We are not competent to say anything on that. We only assured farmer leaders that we would arrange their meeting with the government, said Border Range DIG,Paramraj Singh Umranangal.
Protests stopped in four cities
LUDHIANA: The proposed dharna by 17 farmer unions at DC offices across the state were stopped by police after farmers were barred from entering the city areas. Dharnas did not take place at Jagraon,Faridkot,Bathinda and Ferozepur.