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Punjab: Farmers’ protest outside CM residence in Sangrur


A protest of farmers under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) near the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann entered the twelfth consecutive day on Thursday.

The farmers began their indefinite protest on October 9 in support of various demands, including compensation to farmers whose crop was damaged due to rain and pest attack, financial aid of Rs 200 per quintal for managing paddy stubble, compensation to dairy farmers whose livestock died due to lumpy skin disease and MSP for crops such as maize, moong and basmati, adequate compensation to farmers for land acquisition .

BKU general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said they will continue with their protest until our demands are met. As part of their protest, farmers parked their tractor-trolleys on a three-km stretch of a road as they had done on the Tikri and Singhu borders near Delhi during their agitation against the now-repealed three farm laws.

Significantly, since October 9, the farmers’ protest is going on continuously. Regarding their agitation, the farmers organization had given an ultimatum on October 15 that the government did not accept their demand, from October 20, the farmers would Gherao the CM residence. Farmers are reaching in large numbers to Gherao the CM residence. However, security has been tightened outside the CM residence by the administration. A large number of police forces has been deployed.

The police have barricaded the roads . At the same time, the farmers going to encircle the house sat on a dharna near the barricading. Farmers were carrying ration, mattresses, cooking gas cylinders, fans and other essentials as they said they were ready for a long haul to press the chief minister to accept their demands.

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