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Observe ‘black Diwali’, protesters urge traders

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Amritsar, November 12

Intensifying their agitation against the farm laws, farmers today approached the shopkeepers of Hall Bazar, convincing them to observe “black Diwali” tomorrow.

Under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, they held protest outside the Hall Gate and distributed black flags to traders, requesting them to erect the flags on their shops and sensitise their customers also to follow the suit.

Committee’s state general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said there was no scope of holding the talks with the Centre as the suspension of freight trains had hit the state hard. The traders and general public had been affected due to the confrontational move of the Central Government.

“The way invitation was sent appeared to be not in good intention. On the invitation, it was mentioned as if only the Punjab farmers were protesting when the truth is over 100 farmer organisations have been contesting the farm laws. If the intentions were good, all farmer unions should have been invited for a dialogue and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have taken a lead in this direction. So, we have decided not to accept the proposal,” he said. — TNS

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