Farmers continued their protest against state government. Farmers and their families today continued their protest against the Punjab government despite the rain that lashed the region throughout the day. Besides other demands, including loan waiver, the farmers are up in arms against the Congress government’s reported proposal to meter the power supplied to the farm sector. Sukhdev Singh Kaukri, general secretary, BKU (Ugrahan) said, “The Congress government wants to install meters on our premises so that the supply can be metered. Instead of waiver, it wants to charge us for power.” He also said, “The government should focus on fulfilling its poll promise, rather than imposing more financial burden.” The union members, who are on a protest till September 27, today demanded that they be allowed to take out a march in the city. And also claimed the police personnel also harassing them at checkposts. The union member said that government failed to provide any facility such as shelter, including ambulance to the farmers, even they have taken the permission from district administration to hold a six-day dharna. They were not even allowed to use the shed in the grain market to take shelter from sun and rain, the farmers alleged. Meanwhile, a protesting farmer collapsed at the dharna site and died at hospital, while another was hospitalised. The deceased was identified as 55-year-old Mukhtiyar Singh of Akai village in Mansa. The union activists assreted that he died due to delayed medical aid. Another farmer Charna Singh was admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital after he suffered an epileptic attack.
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