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Lathicharge on protesting workers in Punjab, several labourers injured




Police on Wednesday lathicharged labourers protesting in front of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence in Sangrur. The workers, who came to protest under the leadership of Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union for their demands, were beaten up. Several labourers were injured and have been admitted to sangrur hospital. Members of different trade unions from across Punjab had reportedly gathered at the bypass in Sangrur on Wednesday morning. From here, he marched towards CM Bhagwant Mann’s residence under the banner of Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union. The organizations had given the call of this protest in advance, so the police administration had deployed heavy police force on the way to the CM’s residence since morning.

In such a situation, the workers, who were moving forward raising slogans against the Punjab government and Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, were stopped by the police by barricading a kilometer before the CM’s residence. When the workers tried to cross the barricading and move forward, they started manhandling the police. The Punjab Police then lathicharged the protesters. Many farmers and labourers were also injured in this lathicharge. On the other hand, after this lathicharge, members of labor organizations sat on a dharna in front of the gate of the colony in which Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann lives. They blocked the way inside the colony. Members of trade unions say the punjab police’s pushing will not be tolerated.

In fact, the protesting trade unions have two major demands. These include giving them plots to build houses and demanding permanent employment. Trade unions say they do not get daily wages for MNREGA and farm work. The protesters alleged that their demands were being ignored. The Punjab government is not even giving MNREGA funds to panchayats. In such a situation, it has become difficult for them to run their house. Even today, the daily wage of labourers in Punjab is Rs 250. The government is now reneging by promising to increase daily wages, give plots and waive loans.

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