Punjab: Clash during farmers’ protest: One farmer killed

In Longowal, Punjab, there was a clash with the police during the farmers’ protest. A farmer was killed and five policemen were injured when a tractor got stuck between the trolleys.

Pritam Singh (55) of Mandar Kalan village in Sangrur is the deceased farmer. He was involved in a procession in the Longowal area.

A protest will be held today in Chandigarh under the leadership of 16 farmer associations including Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti, Bharti Kisan Union, BKU, Azad Kisan Samiti, BKU.

Several farmer leaders from Haryana and Punjab were arrested by the police in their respective states ahead of the protest in Chandigarh demanding compensation for the losses caused by the floods.

Sources told The Wire that at least 20 people from Haryana and 50 from Punjab have been arrested ahead of the August 22 protest in Chandigarh.

In July there were floods in Punjab and Haryana. This caused huge financial loss to the farmers. Since then farmer organizations have been demanding compensation for the flood victims. They demanded compensation of 50 thousand per acre for crop loss, 5 lakh for the damaged house and 10 lakh for the family of the deceased.

Farmer leaders expressed their displeasure over the fact that the state governments of Punjab and Haryana did not give any clear response regarding the compensation to the flood victims. A farmer leader alleged that the arrest of the farmer leaders was a joint operation of the BJP government of Haryana and the AAP government of Punjab.

They never conducted a joint operation on narcotics. They have not operated as one to stop communal violence. But the spokesperson of the Indian Kisan Union said that both the states have come together to stop the farmers’ protest.

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