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Farmers clash with cops outside Badals’ house

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Tribune News Service
Muktsar, July 21

A large number of farmers under the banner of Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee on Tuesday lodged a protest outside the residence of Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Shiromani Akali Da (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal against the Centre's ordinances on agriculture reforms.

Though Badal village was converted into a fortress and four-tier security arrangements were in place, the protesters, some of them wielding sticks, managed to reach the Badals' residence from the Bathinda side. The other group, which had tried to enter the village from Kheowali side, was first stopped at the entrance of the village, but later they too managed to sneak in. A number of Youth Akali Dal (YAD) workers stood guard outside the SAD president's house.

The protesters also clashed with the police. Some of them sustained injuries. The protest lasted for nearly six hours. They relented only after a delegation of six farmers was allowed to meet Sukhbir and Harsimrat at their camp office.

Sukhbir even met the protesters outside his residence and offered to lead a delegation of farm organisations to seek any clarification needed by them on the ordinances from Union Agriculture Minister NS Tomar.

He told them that the SAD would stand by the farmers and never allow tinkering with the MSP regime or assured marketing of foodgrain.

Jaswinder Singh, vice-president, Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, said: "The anti-farmer ordinances must be scrapped as soon as possible. We came here today to lodge our protest against the Union Government and to show our resentment to the local MPs. The SAD has always claimed to be a party of farmers, but its support to the ordinances has exposed the real face of the party leadership."

A senior police officer said a case would be registered against the protesters for violating the social distancing and other safety norms in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier on Monday, the Malout (City) police had booked some farmers for allegedly lodging a protest on tractors in the town.

from The Tribune

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