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Punjab: heavy crackdown on farmer unions ahead of PM Modi’s rallies

Photo: The Indian Express

Punjab Police have launched a crackdown on farmer leaders, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled rallies in Jalandhar and Gurdaspur.

Apart from several leaders, around 100 workers of the farmer unions have been detained in Nawanshahr’s Aurh police station on Friday morning, The Indian Express reported.

The farmer leaders have earlier given a call to hold black flags in protest at Modi’s rallies.

In Jalandhar and Kapurthala, several district level farmer leaders have been detained, including Santokh Singh Sandhu and Balwinder Singh Bhullar of the Kirti Kisan Union.

At Hoshiarpur’s Haryana police station, Kirti Kisan Union leader Jagtar Singh Bhinder and Bhupinder Bhunga have been detained.

Raids were also conducted at the residence of Tarsem Singh Bannamal, whose wife had passed away on Thursday.

In Gurdaspur, state leaders of the Kirti Kisan Union, including Jatinder Singh China and Satbitr Singh Multani were detained along with Kulwinder Singh Machian and Paramjit Singh of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta (Sidhpur), Jasbir Singh Bara Pind of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Doaba) and Amrik Singh of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Qadian).

Many were kept under house arrest, while others were released with the condition not to enter Jalandhar. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM non-political) leaders were also targeted across various areas, including Jalandhar, Nurmahal, Phillaur and Phagwara.

Several leaders of the Pendu Mazdoor union had fled their homes early or turned off their mobile phones to escape from the hold of police. 

A group of farmers, including leaders from the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, who were heading towards Jalandhar after returning from some other protest, was detained at Nakodar.

Despite the stringent police action, the farmers vow to continue their protest.

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