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Take part in protests or pay a fine, Punjab panchayats tell households | India News


BATHINDA: Even when the farmers’ protests in Punjab completed four months on Sunday, panchayats across the state have started asking all households to send at least one member to protest sites. Some village panchayats are asking their residents to join the agricultural protests on the Delhi borders or to “pay a fine” in case a household does not participate. Previously, the task of mobilizing protesters was limited to activists from agricultural organizations.
It was on October 1, 2020 that indefinite protests began in Punjab, first on the train tracks, toll plazas and commercial establishments of some corporate houses and then in the residences of some BJP leaders. Protests continue in 70 to 80 locations in Punjab, in addition to those on the Delhi borders.
Panchayats from at least five villages in the Malwa region of Punjab passed resolutions that each household must send at least one male member for a week to protest sites in Delhi.

Avtar Singh, a sarpanch from Kararwala village in Bathinda district, said the entire village had asked for support in a voice vote. The villagers, he said, decided that a family would have to pay 2,100 rupees to the panchayat if no member participated in the protests.
Karnail Singh, a sarpanch from Sivian village in the Kotkapura block of Faridkot district, said the villagers unanimously decided to send a member of each household for the protest and imposed a fine of 500 rupees for not participating.
The panchayat of Thikriwal village in Barnala district, the native village of freedom fighter Sewa Singh Thikriwal, also passed the resolution. A 25-member jatha will leave the village regularly, Sarpanch Mohinder Singh said.
In addition, the Barey village gram panchayats in the Budhlada de Mansa block and the Natheha village panchayat in the Bathinda district also passed resolutions, calling on residents to reach the borders of Delhi in support of farmers to they protested.

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