For blocking a railway track for 30 hours and disrupting services of 44 trains, the Railway Protection Force ( RPF) booked seven farmers’ leaders by name and 150 unidentified persons. Farmers had disrupted rail traffic on the busy Jalandhar-Jammu rail route from Saturday afternoon till Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, farmers met the cane commissioner of Punjab, Jaswant Singh, on Monday. No private miller turned up, barring Dasuya Sugar Mill officials. Also, cane commissioner ensured the release of Rs 25 crore to farmers Monday on the behalf of cooperative mills and assured the remaining in the next 10 days.
Out of Rs 450 crore, Rs 217 crore is pending towards nine Cooperative mills and remaining Rs 233 crore is pending against the seven private mills. About private mills’ dues, he assured to get the amount released before the start of the crushing season at the end of this month.
The farmers’ leaders who were booked included Manjit Singh Rai of Purhiran village, president of BKU Doaba, Sukhpal Singh, Balwinder Singh Aulkh, Hardev Singh, Jaswant Singh Happy, Gurpreet Singh, Baldev Singh Shekhawat.
A tractor was also mentioned in the FIR. “We have booked one tractor which was parked on the railway track as we have booked it by its registration number and its owner will be found soon,” said RPF officials adding that more name would be added after identifying them.