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The arhtiyas have sat on a hunger strike on Friday demanding to start the earlier procurement process and angry farmers have come out on the streets due to non-starting of government procurement of paddy. Farmers blocked the National Highway-44 (GT Road) in Shahabad. The jam which started from 1 pm continued till late night. There was a long queue of vehicles.

The police tried to smooth the traffic by diverting the route. A large number of people marched towards the railway stations. Despite the persuasion of the Deputy Commissioner and the SP, the farmers were not ready to move away from the highway and remained adamant on the demand to start paddy procurement. He also warned of blocking the entire state if forcibly removed from the highway.

Under the pre-announced announcement, on Friday morning, the farmers reached GT Road by breaking the barricade under the leadership of BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni. The martyrs gathered at the Udham memorial complex. Here Mandi’s nodal officer Kapil Sharma reached among the farmers. He assured that the government has accepted the demand of farmers to purchase 22 to 28 quintals of paddy per acre, but talks are on with the officials to start the government procurement of paddy.

After this, Chadhuni gave an ultimatum of 45 minutes to the administration that if positive initiative is not taken for the purchase of paddy, then GT Road will be blocked. For not taking cognizance from the administration within the stipulated period, the farmers along with tractor trolleys came to jam the GT road. The police had barricaded. Along with five duty magistrates and three DSPs, about 200 police personnel were deployed.

In front of the farmers, all the arrangements of the police-administration were demolished and by breaking the barricading, they blocked the GT road with vehicles in front of the police station. During this, the officials cited the statement of the Agriculture Minister to start procurement from October 1, but the farmers stood firm on the demand for immediate government procurement. Thousands of passers-by had to face great difficulties. When there was no solution till night, the farmers put up tents on GT Road itself and announced to keep the jam till the procurement started.

In Kaithal and Yamunanagar also, farmers and agents landed on the highway
The farmers also blocked the Jind-Kaithal road at Jakhauli at around 12 noon and also imposed a lockdown in the market committee office. After two hours, the jam was opened after the assurance of SDM Sanjay Kumar. In Cheeka too, the Kaithal-Patiala highway was blocked at Udham Singh Chowk from 1 pm to 2 pm.

Farmers blocked the Ambala-Saharanpur National Highway along with angry arhtiyas due to non-heard even after the indefinite strike in Yamunanagar. SDM Jagadhri Sushil Kumar reached the spot when the police did not explain. After about 20 minutes, the arhtiyas spoke to the SDM and submitted the memorandum. During this, the traffic was disrupted for about an hour.

Mandis remained closed for the fifth day
The grain markets across the state remained closed for the fifth day on Friday. Despite this, there has been no communication between the arhtiyas and the Haryana government. For this reason, under the leadership of State President of Haryana State Anaj Mandi Arhatti Association, Ashok Gupta and State Chairman Rajneesh Chaudhary have started a fast unto death in Karnal Anaj Mandi. There are a total of seven arhtiyas sitting in it.

The arhtiyas announced that they would continue their fast unto death till their demands were not met. Mandis across the state will remain closed. The arhtiyas say that the paddy of the farmers is standing in the fields after ripening, but the government has not yet issued the paddy procurement policy. The procurement should have started from September 15. Arhtiyas should be given 2.5 percent brokerage, Mandi fee and HRDA should be given only one percent. The payment of government purchases should be given in the account of the farmer or the arhtiyas at the will of the farmer.

Will not tolerate conspiracy: Arhtiya

The arhtiyas say that the Haryana government is bent on eliminating the grain markets and arhtiyas under a well-thought-out conspiracy. This will not be tolerated at any cost. From 11.30 am, the leaders of the seven Arhtiya Association sat on a hunger strike at the stage shed of Mandi.

In this, State President Ashok Gupta, State Chairman and District Karnal President Rajnish Chaudhary, State Treasurer and Shahabad Mandi President Swaranjit Singh Kalda, Senior Vice President and District Yamunanagar President Shiv Kumar Sandhala, Vice President and Jind District President Rajpal Lather, State Executive Member and Sirsa Mandi Its deputy head Prem Bajaj and Matlauda Mandi head Vijay Chhabra are involved.

On this occasion, state general secretary Vikas Singhal, Kaithal district head Ashwini Surewala, state working president Ramavatar Tayal, district Kurukshetra head Chaudhary Banarsidas, Gohana Mandi head Vinod Sehrawat, farmer leader Baldev Rathi from Ladwa, Raj Kumar Singla, Bagga Singh, Rajendra from Karnal Mandi Gupta, Rinku, Munish, Kurukshetra Mandi head Daulat Ram Bansal etc. reached the agents from many mandis.

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The arhtiyas have sat on a hunger strike on Friday demanding to start the earlier procurement process and angry farmers have come out on the streets due to non-starting of government procurement of paddy. Farmers blocked the National Highway-44 (GT Road) in Shahabad. The jam which started from 1 pm continued till late night. There was a long queue of vehicles.

The police tried to smooth the traffic by diverting the route. A large number of people marched towards the railway stations. Despite the persuasion of the Deputy Commissioner and the SP, the farmers were not ready to move away from the highway and remained adamant on the demand to start paddy procurement. He also warned of blocking the entire state if forcibly removed from the highway.

Under the pre-announced announcement, on Friday morning, the farmers reached GT Road by breaking the barricade under the leadership of BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni. The martyrs gathered at the Udham memorial complex. Here Mandi’s nodal officer Kapil Sharma reached among the farmers. He assured that the government has accepted the demand of farmers to purchase 22 to 28 quintals of paddy per acre, but talks are on with the officials to start the government procurement of paddy.

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