Bathinda, January 7
Scores of farm labourers under the banner of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union left from south Malwa districts to take part in the farmers’ agitation against the farm laws at the Tikri border on Thursday.
Farm labourers from Bathinda, Muktsar, Faridkot and Mansa among other districts left for the Tikri border. From Bathinda district alone, six buses and one truck left for the protest venue.
Union president Jora Singh Nasrali said: “Not just farmers but farm labourers would also be directly affected by the new laws. Farm labourers fear these laws would give control of the agriculture sector to corporate houses. We will be further subjected to undue harassment and unemployment.”
Meanwhile, a large gathering of members of the Malwa bus operators’ union, technical services union, shopkeepers’ union, beopar mandal and cloth market association, and medical practitioners gathered in Bathinda city to see them off. Resham Singh, a leader of Samrathan Committee along with other members of different unions contributed Rs 1 lakh for the farmers’ protest. — TNS
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