Tribune News Service
Kurukshetra, October 17
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Charuni) has served an ultimatum to the state government to withdraw the case in which BKU leaders have been booked under murder charges at Naraingarh before October 29.
Otherwise, the union has warned that it would hold a mahapanchayat on October 29 at the new grain market at Mohra village on Delhi-Amritsar national highway and give a call for a bigger agitation.
The union has decided that the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be burnt at the district level, instead of the block level as decided earlier, on the occasion of Dasehra.
It has also finalised some locations (Nilokheri in Karnal, Titram Mod in Kaithal, Surewala chowk in Hisar and Sirsa-Dabwali road in Sirsa) to block national highways on November 5 to protest against the three farm laws.
The decisions were taken at a state-level meeting of farmer leaders held at Kamboj dharmashala in Kurukshetra on Saturday.
BKU chief Gurnam Singh Charuni said, “The BJP has been using shameful tactics to end the farmers’ movement. Our farmers have been booked under murder charges while there are videos that clearly show that the person (Bharat Singh) has died due to heart attack and no one attacked him. The farmers are ready to make every sacrifice. It has been decided to hold a mahapanchayat on October 29 and give the call for a bigger agitation if the case is not withdrawn before October 29.”
While addressing the farmers, he said, “The government may set up barricades to stop farmers from reaching the rally but we will break all barricades.” He asked farmers to contact commission agents, labourers and other traders for their support for the rally.
He said, “The PM’s effigies will be burnt on Dasehra at the district level. However, it could be any location in the district and not necessarily the district headquarters. Few locations have been finalised for the November 5 chakka jam. The remaining locations will be finalised soon.”
The union has also decided that the expenses to fight the cases registered against the farmer leaders would be borne by the union. A core committee would be constituted to take decisions for further strategy so that the movement could be continued in case the senior leaders are arrested in the coming days.
“Due to the ongoing paddy harvesting, the union had given some relaxation in the movement against the three farm laws. But now, the time has come to intensify the protest,” Charuni added. He told farmers to constitute committees at village, block and district levels across the state.
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