Friday, February 2, 2007

Peasants clash with police in Barnala

Now we see the influence of Singur and Nandigram in Channi, Punjab.

Chandigarh, Jan 31: Agitating farmers here made an attempt to break the boundary wall of a factory at Channi village in Barnala today forcing police to fire tear gas shells, Sahara Samay sources said.

Interacting with newsmen, Barnala police chief Naresh Kumar said: "A group of about 1,000 farmers tried to break the boundary wall of the factory of the Trident group of companies. Police only fired some tear gas shells to disperse the farmers and succeeded in disbursing them".

He said the situation could have become volatile, "but the police took every care to handle the situation and we managed to prevail upon the farmers".

On being questioned whether the farmers were protesting the acquisition of their lands in the area, Kumar said, "they have some demands, but our main concern is to maintain the law and order, which we did. As far their demands, that is for the government to see".


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