Farmers refuse to leave protest site near dry port of Kila Raipur: The Tribune India

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Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune press service

Ludhiana, August 4

Although the Adani group halted operations at the dry port of Kila Raipur here following protests by farmers, farmers refused to leave the site until agricultural laws were repealed by the central government led by Narendra Modi. .

Harnek Singh, a member of the Hamhoori Kisan Sabha district committee in Punjab, told The Tribune although the group ceased operations in January itself and

the workers have been informed but the farmers are not going

to leave the protest site because the land belongs to the Adani group and they were still its stakeholders.

“How can we reach the Prime Minister? It is only through blue eyes that our intentions will be conveyed to the Prime Minister. We are not going to lift the protest until the anti-farm laws are withdrawn by the Modi government, ”said Harnek Singh.

A jatha was sent to Delhi to support the farmers protesting there. On average, 60 to 80 farmers sit on the site to express their protest against the Union government.

According to reports, dry port operations have been closed since January. Many dialogues took place between the administration and the farmers to let the operations at the dry port continue but the farmers refused to budge. It is learned that 500 to 700 containers remained stranded there when the movement of the freight train was authorized because the farmers had locked the doors and refused to clear the containers as a result of which the importers had to bear huge losses. . It was only after asking the farmers to clear the containers that they allowed the port to operate for a few days.

“During those 10 days or so, the stocks in the containers were lifted and unloaded. But since then the group’s operations here have been closed, ”said Rajesh Verma, Custom Broker, here.

Meanwhile, the industrialists believe that because of this, the industry bears enormous losses. “The industry is suffering in many areas. Farmers must talk to the Union government and they must not cause the industry to suffer financial losses, ”said SC Ralhan, president of the Hand Tools Association, here.


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