Punjab – Brutal repression on protest against land acquisition

August 2, 2011

BRUTAL REPRESSION ON FARMERS & AGRI LABOURERS PROTESTING FORCIBLE LAND ACQUISITIONS
ONE FARMER KILLED, SEVERAL INJURED AS POLICE RESORTS TO INDISCRIMINATE LATHICHARGE, FIRING & ARRESTS

Report by N.K.Jeet (Lok Morcha, Punjab)

Today’s events have shown that the SAD-BJP Govt of Punjab can go to any extent to safeguard the interests of Malik Bhagos. It can kill, maim, incarcerate, uproot any one to please industrialists and propertied people, MNCs and their Indian agents. In the process it can violate with impunity its own declarations and promises.

In order to prevent the workers of 17 farmer-labour unions marching towards Gobindpura, to protest against forcible acquisition of their fertile lands, the police resorted to brutal repression. In an overnight swoop, hundreds of activists were taken in custody throughout Malwas belt. The police put up barricades, on all roads leading to Mansa District and had deployed armed commandoes there.

As per reports received uptill now, the police resorted to brutal lathicharge at village Dunneke on Barnala-Bhikhi Road. One farmer, whose name is reported to be Narinjan Singh of village Hamidi has been killed in this lathi-charge, while a large number of protestors have been injured. The police smashed all the vehicles on which the protestors were traveling.

In another barricade near Maur Mandi in Bathinda District, police resorted to lathi-charge and firing, injuring scores of people.

In village Daske, Sangrur District, protestors were successful in over-running the police barricade and marching ahead.

There is curfew like situation in village Gobindpura.