Farmers locks bank officials: In retaliation against the arrest of two farmers for non-payment of bank loan, various farmer outfits, including the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Dakonda), Kisan Sabha (Punjab) and Krantikari Kisan Union, locked the officials of Punjab Agriculture Development Bank (PADB) in Guruharsahai and held a protest outside the bank.All bank officials as well as manager Baljit Singh Brar, remained locked on the bank premises throughout the day. As well as no customer was allowed to go inside the bank. The farmers protested as two farmers were arrested on December 22 for non-payment of loan. Farmers are blaming the government that they betrayed them as they said that they will forgive their debt but instead government sent them behind the bars.Farmer Vazir Singh of Chakk Shergah village had borrowed Rs 80,000 in 1996 and Jagir Singh of Megha Rai village had taken a loan of Rs 1 lakh in the same year. Bank officials said while Vazir did not pay back anything, Jagir paid instalments till 2005. Brar said both farmers had taken loan under the non-farming sector and not for agricultural purposes. Brar said they had received arrest warrants of seven such persons from the higher authorities, who had taken loan under the NFS, but faltered to pay back the same.
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