Farmers' Shahabad protest: BKU (Charuni ) chief Gurnam Singh sent to 14-day judicial custody
PTC Web Desk: Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) chief Gurnam Singh Charuni, who was arrested along with nine other leaders after farmers blocked a national highway in Kurukshetra's Shahabad demanding that the government procure sunflower seeds at the MSP, was sent to 14-day judicial custody on Wednesday.
Notably, the farmers, led by Gurnam Singh Charuni, blocked the national highway near Shahabad, Kurukshetra, for over six hours on Tuesday. The police had to use water cannons and resort to lathicharge to disperse the protesters.
On Wednesday morning, BKU (Charuni) activists launched a dharna on Ladwa Road in Shahabad against against the arrest of union leaders. BKU leader Rakesh Tikait also reached Shahabad in support of the agitating farmers.
What led to the protest?
Farmers are against the government's move to include sunflower seed in the Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana. They say under this yojana, the government will pay a fixed compensation of Rs 1,000 per quintal against the produce sold below MSP.
The protesting farmers claimed that they were forced to sell their produce to private buyers at Rs 4,000 per quintal as against the MSP of Rs 6,400 per quintal. They are demanding that the government should procure the produce of sunflower seed at the MSP.
- PTC NEWS