Farmers block KMP Expressway in protest against police violence and detention
Eastern Times, New Delhi : Samyukt Kisan Morcha severely condemns the brutal assault on protesting farmers by Haryana Police in Hisar। on Sunday . Farmers had warned the Chief Minister from coming to Hisar to inaugurate a hospital with fanfare today as a publicity stunt, and thousands of farmers including numerous women farmers congregated to protest the arrival of Shri Manohar Lal Khattar.
Police deployed tear gas and brutal lathi charge on protesting farmers as tension escalated in this incident today. Many protesting farmers got injured in this violence unleashed by the police.
In response to this, several farmer unions have called for road blockades for two hours today calling for the immediate release of detained protestors, and have also announced tehsil and district level protests tomorrow in Haryana as well as in Uttar Pradesh.
A blockade has been initiated of the KMP Road at the time of putting out this press release. There is a call for gherao of police stations in Haryana tomorrow morning, if the police does not respond to the demand. The farmers have also declared that these protests will be peaceful from their side.
“Farmers are not afraid of this kind of brutal behaviour from the police, and will continue their resistance to the Manohar Lal Khattar government’s duplicities and anti-farmer attitude”, said farmer leaders.
Indian Government’s decision to remove import restrictions on three kinds of pulses and move them into an Open Category just before the Kharif season begins, is going to be detrimental to domestic production of these crops even though the notification has been issued with a caveat that all imports in this category have to arrive before November-end 2021.
The fact that prices will be affected now will affect sowing sentiment and will not provide incentive to farmers to opt for these crops and could potentially impact domestic production of the same setting off a spiral of import dependency.