Ferozepur, June 22, 2020: As many as Six persons have been booked at Makhu police station for brawl with the farmer for paying less amount than agreed for paddy sowing.
Coronavirus threat and shortage of migrants has posed a challenge to farmers especially when the sowing of paddy was due during the lockdown period and mass migration allowed by the Centre to their respective destinations. About 15 Lakh seasonal labourers come from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to Punjab and Haryana in the procurement season, in the week between end-March and April beginning. This year there is not a single person from these states.
The lockdown impact can be seen when six persons have been booked along with 4 unidentified at Makhu police station over a dispute of payment for sowing paddy.
Divulging details, Gurvinder Pal Singh, SI informed that six persons – Sukhpreet Singh, Gurepreet Singh, Amarjit Singh Gurdial Singh, Gurjant Singh, Baldev Singh and 4 unidentified persons, under Sections 324, 323, 148, 149 of IPC at PS Makhu.
He further said, the alleged accused had settled for sowing the paddy for Rs.5,000 per acre but according to the complainant Sarwan of village Mithe the settlement was at Rs.3000 per acre. On having a scuffle over the issue, they attacked Sarwan Singh and injured him, who is presently admitted in Civil Hospital, Makhu.
Varinderpal Singh appointed in IO, in this case, said the investigations are on. However, no arrest has so far been made in this case.