One dies, 65 hurt as farmers go on rampage in Punjab

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 23:15

Chandigarh: One person was killed and around
65 others, including 40 policemen, were injured as farmers,
protesting unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board,
went on a rampage here on Tuesday, damaging vehicles and stoning
police.

The farmers, under the auspices of Bharti Kisan Union
(Ekta Ugrahan group), fought pitched battles with police in
the city protesting Badal government`s decision to split PSEB
into separate power generation, transmission and distribution
companies.
At a traffic rotary near a cricket stadium, agitating
farmers damaged some 24 government and private vehicles and
stoned police who swung batons and burst tear gas shells to
scatter them.

Some vehicles were also set afire, police said adding
the protesters vandalised sign boards when they were chased
away.

A farmer was killed and nearly 65 others, including 40
policemen and two journalists, were injured in the violence,
SP Madhur Verma said.
IGP S K Jain said the dead, identified as Jagseer Singh,
hailed from Bathinda.

Jain said he was run over by a vehicle of the protesting
farmers after he fell from it.

Farmers, however, alleged he was killed in police action.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 23:15

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