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26 trucks carrying paddy from UP intercepted

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GS Paul

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 22

In the past 24 hours, at least 26 trucks carrying paddy from Uttar Pradesh have been intercepted by farmers protesting in Amritsar. It seems the paddy bags from Aligarh, Bulandshahr and Sitarganj were to be delivered to rice shellers in Amritsar and Tarn Taran.

The farmers got suspicious when one of the truck drivers stopped to enquire about a local mill, said Dilbagh Singh, the sarpanch of Rajewala village."The police must book the suppliers as well as mill owners who ordered the consignment," he demanded.

Complaining that he had yet to find buyers for the 1509 variety of paddy lying at his home, he said he smelled a plot to destroy Punjab's mandi system. "While in UP paddy is being purchased at Rs 900-1200 per quintal, the rate in Amritsar is between Rs 1,788 and Rs 1,888 per quintal," said farmer Harjit Singh.

Santosh Kumar, one of the drivers, said neither the firms in Aligarh nor the mills here were responding to his phone calls. "It seems we are stuck here," he added anxiously.



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