The Sangrur Police on Wednesday rained lathis against protesting farmers who were demonstrating outside the rental accommodations of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
Sangrur: The Sangrur Police on Wednesday rained lathis against protesting farmers who were demonstrating outside the rental accommodations of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. The farmers were demanding the implementation of five-marla plot plans for Dalits, a raise in the minimum daily wage to 700 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act of 2005 (MGNREGA), and the allotment of the third portion of common panchayat land on lease to the community.
They were protesting under the banner of the Sanjha Mazdoor Morcha, an alliance of eight labour organisations. Around three o’clock in the afternoon, hundreds of agricultural labourers from Sangrur assembled near the Patiala-Bathinda road and marched towards the chief minister’s rented accommodation.
The cops began using force on them and even used a lathi charge after they got outside the private colony where Mann’s house is located.
Sangrur superintendent of police (SP) Manpreet Singh was shown in videos leading the cane-charging and striking protesters. He can be seen hitting protesters in the videos and ordering other police officers to do the same.
Mukesh Malaud, the president of the Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Committee, said, “The chief minister initially agreed to meet with us, but he later declined to do so. We must now protest in order to raise our demands.”