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Amritsar: Farmers lift dharnas from three toll plazas

Amritsar: Farmers lift dharnas from three toll plazas

Farmers during a protest in front of the residences of two local BJP leaders at Ranjit Avenue in Amritsar on Thursday.



Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 22

The farmer unions associated with the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha have ended their protests at the three toll plazas in the district as well as lifted their dharnas in front of the houses of BJP leaders to protest against the barricading of roads leading to Delhi to stop farmers and throwing tear gas shells on them.

The farmers have been holding protests at the three toll plazas — Mannawala on the Amritsar-Jalandhar National Highway, Kathunangal on the Amritsar-Gurdaspur National Highway and Chiddan on the Amritsar-Attari National Highway —since February 17 and during their protests they had made these free for commuters.

The protests outside the houses of BJP leaders Rajinder Mohan Singh Chinna and Amarpal Singh Bony Ajnala were started on February 20. The farmer leaders stated that use of rubber bullets and tear gas shells on peacefully protesting farmers is a violation of the democratic rights.

Though the unions have ended the protest at the toll plazas and outside the residences of BJP leaders, the SKM has announced another action plan, according to which the farmer unions would observe black day to protest the death of a 21-year-old farmer during the Delhi Chalo movement on February 21.

The farmers observed a two-minute silence to pay tributes to Subhakaran Singh who was allegedly killed due to being hit by tear gas shells fired by the Haryana Police at the Khanauri border. Farmer leaders Dhanwant Singh Khatari Kalan, Gurdev Singh Varpal, Nishan Singh Sanghana, Saravan Singh Varpal and others stated that the BJP governments at of the Centre and Haryana were responsible for the death of the youth.

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