JIND: Farmers from two villages in Haryana’s Jind district destroyed their standing wheat crop on Sunday morning in protest against the non-acceptance of their demand for the repeal of three agri-marketing laws introduced by the Centre.
This happened days after BKU national spokesman Rakesh Tikait’s appeal to farmers during a maha panchayat held recently in Hisar district to be ready to sacrifice their standing crop if their demands are not met by the Union government.
However, Tikait issued a fresh appeal to the farmers on his social media account, saying, “I didn’t ask for the crops to be destroyed now.” Local BKU activists also requested farmers against “taking this step extreme right now”.
Earlier in the day, farmers of Gulkani and Rajpura villages reached their fields on tractors and ploughed them while several women accompanying them pulled the standing crop with their bare hands. They also raised anti-government slogans in protest against the nonacceptance of their demands.
“There is no one in the village to take care of the crop as all male members of my family are at the protest site on the Delhi border. Our farming activities have already taken a hit in this fight against the Union government. So we decided to destroy the standing crop in two-acre land and keep one acre to meet the needs of our family and the livestock,” Amarpati, a resident of Gulkani, said Ram Mehar Singh, another Gulkani resident, told the media: “We have destroyed twoacre wheat crop, out of 10 acres, to show the (PM Narendra) Modi government that farmers can take any step to get the antifarmer laws repealed,”