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Prisoners enjoy langars as farmers feed them

The prisoners lodged in the jails of Nabha,Bathinda and Faridkot are having a gala time eversince 2,500 farmer union leaders and workers were pre-emptively arrested by Punjab Police to stop them from carrying out rail roko agitation.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Updated: April 16, 2014 6:07:53 pm

The prisoners lodged in the jails of Nabha,Bathinda and Faridkot are having a gala time eversince 2,500 farmer union leaders and workers were pre-emptively arrested by Punjab Police to stop them from carrying out rail roko agitation.

The farmers had started an agitation inside jails for better amenities,provisions and healthier food. And now the leaders,are being sent daily langars by farmers from across the state.

The union leaders meet inside the jail daily for three hours,and it is during this time that their friends and relatives bring fruits,ladoos,kheer,halwa,jalebi,milk,fruits,desi ghee,apart from vegetables,dal and roti.

Sources revealed that the food,sent daily,is being shared by the farmers with the rest of the prison population.

Darshan Singh Koohli,general secretary of Bharti Kisan Union (ugrahan),said: “Duties have been given to members of farmer association and turn by turn the langar is being sent by various village panchayats.”

Sukhdev Singh Khokri Kalan,a union leader said: “Apart from food,we are also giving medicines as per particular ailment of farmers.” Arounf 64 farmers had been released two days ago on medical and health grounds.

Jail reforms

Around 31 famers,lodged inside jails,sit on a hungerstrike daily regarding their original demands and for jail reforms.

In Faridkot jail,farmers demanded new toothbrushes and adequate tooth pastes,which was provided by jail staff. They were also able to get a faulty water tank repaired and the barracks cleaned.

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