INDIA: On a call given by labourer and farmer unions, many activists gathered to hold a protest outside the residence of Punjab Cabinet Minister Ajit Singh Kohar.
The labourers and farmers staged protests across the state outside the residences of the SAD-BJP ministers for the unaddressed demands of labourers, including atrocities at Jaloor Kand.
Speaking at a dharna outside the house of Cabinet minister Kohar, leaders said the state government was again spending crores of rupees to dupe people in the name of development ahead of the elections, while at the ground level, farmers and labourers were forced to commit suicides.
They said for the past 10 years the state government had not been able to fulfill the promise of residential plots and work through MNREGA to labourers. Other demands of labourers like compensation for farmers, debt-laws in favour of labourers-farmers, cancellation of false cases against labourers and workers, solving of the problem of stray animals were also not being addressed.
They said the government was rather imposing unannounced restrictions on dharnas of farmers/labourers and resorting to lathicharge, arrests and registration of false cases against workers.
They said in villages, the rich landlords were also committing atrocities against Dalits, the latest example of which was the incident at Jaloor village in Sangrur.
They said the administration was also adopting a dilly-dallying approach on the demands raised in the Sangrur incident.
Tarsem Peter from the Pendu Mazdoor Union Punjab, Harmesh Malri from the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, Santokh Singh Tangar from the Kirti Kisan Union and Surinder Singh Bains, Harpal Bittu, Balwinder Singh Bhullar, among others, were present on the occasion.