October 24, 2021

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Farmers gherao residences of netas across Haryana, Punjab

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Farmers gherao residences of netas across Haryana, Punjab
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Farmers gherao residences of netas across Haryana, Punjab
Farmers gherao residences of netas across Haryana, Punjab

BATHINDA/PATIALA/AMBALA: Hours before the Centre reviewed its order on paddy procurement in Punjab and Haryana and said the same will start from October 3 (Sunday), scores of farmers from both the states gheraoed offices of several deputy commissioners (DCs) and residences of MLAs and ministers on Saturday morning in a bid to pressure the two state governments to start the process at the earliest.
The Centre had on Thursday deferred procurement of kharif paddy in Punjab and Haryana — which usually begins October 1 — to October 11 as crop maturity is delayed and moisture content in fresh arrivals is beyond permissible limit due to recent heavy rains.
In Punjab’s Patiala and Bathinda, farmers handed over memorandums to the respective DCs and demanded start of paddy procurement by Monday. The protesting farmers also warned that if the deadline is missed, they will sit on an indefinite strike in front of DC offices across the state. In Patiala, a group of farmers also staged protests near the houses of MLAs Brahm Mohindra and Rajinder Singh.
Similar protests were also held in neighbouring Haryana, where residences of several BJP and JJP politicians were gheraoed. There was a serious law and order situation in Sirsa as farmers broke barricades outside MP Sunita Duggal’s residence and staged a dharna. However, the situation was brought under control after senior police officials reached the spot.

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