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Friday, 11 September 2020

Stopped from reaching rally, farmers clash with cops

Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, September 10

A high-voltage drama was witnessed here today as farmers clashed with the police after being denied entry to Pipli grain market to participate in a state-level 'Kisan Bachao-Mandi Bachao' rally, organised to demand withdrawal of the Centre's farm ordinances.

The face-off saw the farmers breaking barricades and pelting the police with stones and the cops cane-charging the protesters to disperse them. An alleged attempt was made to run a tractor-trailer over the Shahabad SDM, who was on the spot to stop the farmers.

It was after the farmers, gathered under the aegis of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), blocked the Delhi-Ambala highway for an hour that they were allowed to proceed towards the rally venue. The commuters, meanwhile, were a harried lot.

Farmer unions and commission agents have threatened to go in for a statewide blockade on September 20 if their demands for withdrawal of the three ordinances and making 'Right to sell at MSP' a law were not met by September 19.

The unions have also decided to start dharnas at district headquarters across Haryana from September 15 if the Centre or the state government failed to invite them for talks on their demands by September 14. Deputy Commissioner Sharandeep Kaur said the farmers had been denied permission for the rally due to the Covid pandemic.

'PB villages won't allow MPs backing ordinances'

Ludhiana: The Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal) announced on Thursday that MPs backing the Centre's farm ordinances would not be allowed to enter Punjab villages. Its general secretary HS Lakhowal claimed that the NDA government wanted to hand over cultivable land to corporate houses. "We will hold a dharna outside Parliament House on the day Bills to replace the ordinances are tabled in Parliament," he added. OC

from The Tribune

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