Kabaddi players come out in support of farmers

Kabaddi players come out in support of farmers

From raising slogans to braving water cannons and tear gas, kabaddi players stand with farmers.

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 3

Kabaddi players from Doaba have come out in support of the agitating farmers. Young as well senior players have moved to Delhi to join farmers’ stir.

From raising slogans to braving water cannons and tear gas, players stand shoulder to shoulder with farmers. While some manage security and safety of peasants, some cook meals for them.

Toni Sandhu, general secretary, Major League Kabaddi Federation, said being a part of the farming community, it was our responsibility to make the voice of farmers heard. “Farmers are support system of the entire country. I am a farmer. My family members survived on farming only. We will always stand with farmers and for their rights. The three agri laws were passed without the consent of farmers and now the government has turned a blind eye towards them. Trade will be impossible after its implementation. We should never forget that farmers of Punjab paid a huge cost for the Green Revolution. Now, we would not let the farming community suffer anymore,” said Toni Sandhu.

Mangat Singh, alias Mangi Bagga, one of the most experienced kabaddi player, said, “We play on the soil of farmers and get food from their fields. Thus, it’s our responsibility to support the farming community. We assist in moving tractor-trailers and ferrying farmers. While they protest, we ensure that food and water is provided to them on time.” The young players share their videos and live updates on their social media accounts.

Nanni Gopalpur, another Kabaddi player, said, “The Centre should have discussed the matter before drafting the Bills. The lathicharge and tear gas on farmers is highly condemnable. It is depressing that instead of working in fields, farmers are forced to hit the roads.”

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