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Police used drive in opposition to us, say farm labourers protesting close to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence in Sangrur

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Lachhman Singh Sewewala, normal secretary of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, mentioned that farm labourers had been protesting peacefully as they marched in the direction of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence, and the police used drive with none provocation. Photograph:
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Punjab Police on Wednesday used drive on a bunch of farm labourers as they marched in the direction of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence in Sangrur city. The protesters had been demonstrating in opposition to the ruling Aam Aadmi Social gathering (AAP) authorities for not paying heed to their long-pending calls for.

Scores of farm labourers underneath the banner of ‘Sanjha Mazdoor Morcha’, a joint entrance of eight outfits, had gathered in Sangrur to stage an indication in opposition to the AAP, accusing the federal government of failing to fulfil their long-pending calls for after giving them assurances on a number of events. Farm labour leaders claimed that round half-a-dozen protestors sustained accidents after the police used drive in opposition to them as they marched in the direction of the Chief Minister’s rented residence located in a personal housing colony.

Sangrur is Mr. Mann’s Meeting constituency. The principle protesting outfits embody the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha, Zameen Prapati Sangharash Committee, Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, Pendu Mazdoor Union Punjab, Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, and Kul Hind Khet Mazdoor Union.

Lachhman Singh Sewewala, normal secretary of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, advised The Hindu that farm labourers had been protesting peacefully as they marched in the direction of the CM’s residence, and the police used drive with none provocation.

“Recently, Bhagwant Mann, in a piece of advice stated that instead of blocking roads, protesters should be holding protests outside residences/offices of public representatives. Now, when we gathered outside his [Mr. Mann’s] house, police resorted to lathi charge against us. Where should we go? The government has promised to fufill our demands during various meetings but nothing is being implemented,” Mr. Singh mentioned.

The protestors’ primary calls for embody a rise of minimal each day wages to ₹700 underneath the Mahatma Gandhi Nationwide Rural Employment Assure Act (MGNREGA), an modification in regulation to unravel the issue of reserved lands from village widespread lands; 33% illustration for Dalits in village cooperative societies; cancellation of First Data Reviews (FIR) registered in opposition to Zameen Prapati Sangharash Committee members for holding protests; and implementation of ‘five- marla’ plot schemes for Dalits.

Sangrur Senior Superintendent of Police Surendra Lamba mentioned that the police didn’t use any drive in opposition to the protesters. He advised reporters that a couple of protesters had been concerned in “scuffling” with police personnel, and the police had tackled the state of affairs by attempting to cease protesters from reaching close to the Chief Minister. Just a few police personnel additionally suffered accidents, Mr. Lamba mentioned.

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