Farmers’ protests outside CM’s residence; police lathi-charge

India: Punjab police on Wednesday resorted to lathi-charge in order to maintain law and order in Sangrur as massive agitation by farmer unions and farm labourers took place on Wednesday. Protesters have been raising a range of demands, including revised minimum daily wages and other things. They were protesting under the flag of Sanjha Mazdoor Morcha, a joint front of eight labour unions.

Protesters in a huge numbers gathered outside Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s rented house in Sangrur town.

Tens of thousands of farmers assembled there over their demand, including an increase of minimum daily wages to Rs 700 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (MGNREGA), implementing five-marla plot schemes for Dalits and allotment of the third part of common panchayat land on lease to the community.

In the evening, as they marched towards the chief minister’s residence, the police resorted to the cane-charge to disperse them.