Ravinder Singh, a farmer of Sarsini village of Mohali district lost his leg in an accident of a “rashly driven tractor,” said the police.
Ravinder’s leg got stuck in the moving tractor’s tyre and body. Ravinder was rushed to a private hospital in Baldev Nagar area of Ambala City, from where he was referred to another private hospital at Mohali, where he is under treatment.
About 50 farmers and youths were detained by the Ambala police under preventive custody, while six farmer leaders associated with Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) including president Amarjit Singh Mohri were detained on Monday.
As per the information, the farmers wanted to proceed to Chandigarh on their tractor-trolleys, but they were not allowed by the police in the absence of permission to protest. The police barricaded the roads leading to Chandigarh at several points and checked the vehicles. At several points, the police stopped the farmers with their tractor-trolleys and took them into preventive custody.
Ambala superintendent of police (SP) Jashandeep Singh Randhawa and Ambala range inspector general of police (IGP) Sibash Kabiraj, were present to monitor the situation. IGP Kabiraj said eight companies of Haryana police were deployed at 20 checkpoints which included the mobile parties to keep a check on the protestors and maintain the law and order.
After being not allowed to proceed, a group of farmers led by BKU SBS spokesman Tejveer Singh of Panjokhra village and Suresh Koth, president of Bharatiya Kisan Mazdoor Union (BKMU) started gathered at Ambala Bypass highway near Lohgarh and Jameetgarh villages and blocked the road for about 2 hours.
Later, the farmers started marching on foot towards Chandigarh, but they were again stopped by the police at a distance of a few kilometres. In the evening, Ambala deputy commissioner (DC) Shaleen also reached the spot to pacify the farmers to open the road blockade but the farmers remained adamant to move towards Chandigarh.
Speaking to the DC, farm leader Suresh Koth said, “The farmers suffered heavy loss due to recent floods and are in protest to seek compensation for the same. DGP Punjab and government officials did deceit with farm leaders who assured us of resolution and sought us one day’s time. Later, they called our leaders in lieu of meeting at the district administration offices, where they were detained. We only want to convey our demands through proper channels.”
The farmers are demanding Rs 50,000 per acre compensation for the crop loss due to floods, Rs 5 lakh for those whose houses are damaged and Rs 10 lakh for the person who lost life in the flood.