Farmers intensified their ongoing protest by completely blocking one side of the road in front of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s Sangrur residence as their agitation against the state government entered its 12th day on Thursday.
Thousands of women also participated in the protest, which is being led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta-Ugrahan. The demonstrators camped in front of the gate of a private colony, where the residence of Ch.M.
Earlier they announced that they would block all entry and exit points leading to Mann’s residence. However, they left one side open for the local population.
The farmers said they would not take any action, causing inconvenience to the locals.
Yoginder Singh Ugrahan, state president of the union, said, “The government is not taking our demands seriously. For now, we have blocked only one side of the road, but we will continue further in the coming days if the government does not meet our demands.”
They are demanding the release of compensation to farmers for damaged crops and the death of livestock due to lumpy skin. They also demand improvement in land acquisition facilitation.
Their other main demands are closure of the liquor manufacturing unit at Mansurwal village near Zira and cancellation of cases registered against farmers for burning crop residue and protest along with a bonus of ₹200 per quintal for stubble management without burning it.
An unknown man attacked two farmers who were returning from a protest
On Thursday evening, an unknown person attacked two farmers who were returning from the ongoing protest.
The accused attacked an elderly man with sharp edges and bit another 23-year-old youth.
The police have started an investigation into the case.
The young woman, Vicky Singh of Upli village, is currently undergoing treatment at Sangur Civil Hospital.
He said, “We were returning home from the protest in a tractor-trailer and when we reached near Indian Oil’s Sangrur division, a man with a bag picked it up for us. When we reached near Mehlan Chowk, he attacked an elderly farmer and jumped from the trailer to escape. “The elderly farmer suffered an injury in his hand.”
“I ran after him and caught him. Then he bit my face,” he added.
Baldeep Singh, 34, the younger victim’s uncle, said, “We have handed over the accused to the police.”
Sadar SHO Parteek Jindal said, “We are verifying the facts and will take action as per the investigation.”