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Trucks seized, drivers stuck in Amritsar

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 23

The trucks laden with paddy, which illegally entered here from Uttar Pradesh (UP), remained stranded for want of administrative action today. This also caused inconvenience to over 40 drivers and helpers.

They demanded the local administration’s immediate intervention to resolve the issue. As many as 26 trucks loaded with paddy from UP have been seized by the farmers staging protests against the farm Acts on the national highway near Amritsar. The paddy has arrived illegally from Aligarh, Bulandshahr and Sitarganj areas of UP and was ordered by rice shellers of Amritsar and Tarn Taran.

Harpreet Singh and Ashish, both drivers from Moradabad, said they had been made a scapegoat.

“It’s been six days since we left home. Had we known about landing in such a troublesome situation in Punjab, we would not have picked the order. We want that the paddy be unloaded here under the directions of administrative officials as the rice shelling firms did not respond to our calls,” Harpreet said.

Iqbal from Sambhal said he had come with a truck laden with basmati for a rice sheller in Tarn Taran. “We want to go back home. Earlier, we suffered an economic dent as the work suffered for five months due to the Covid-19 lockdown. I have on me the liability to pay vehicle’s instalment. It’s a double blow because this unclaimed paddy loss would also be borne by us,” he said.

Meanwhile, District Food and Civil Supply official Arshdeep Singh said the documents related to goods had been seized and handed over to the local mandi officer for scrutiny. Any further move would be taken accordingly, he said.

from The Tribune

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