Arrest warrants have been issued against 400 farmers in Jalalabad, out of which 183 warrants have been prepared. Gurharsahai has two hundred farmers, against whom arrest warrants have been issued. Similarly, arrest warrants have been prepared for two hundred farmers of Mansa.
Kheti Vikas Bank Ferozepur has issued arrest warrants for 930 defaulter farmers of the district. These are the farmers who are not covered under the loan waiver scheme. Two farmers were arrested in Firozpur. These farmers have given a written promise to the bank officer to return the money within a month, then they have been released. It is said that arrest warrants have been issued against two thousand farmers across Punjab.
On the other hand, farmers have opposed it. Farmers say that this time due to the early arrival of summer, the wheat grains dried up and became thin. Due to this, the yield of wheat crop has decreased. In such a situation, the Punjab government has issued an arrest warrant against him. Arrest warrants have been issued against five hundred farmers of Firozpur and four hundred farmers of Jalalabad. The process of auctioning the land of many farmers has been started. Many farmers have loans of more than Rs 10 lakh.
Two farmers of Firozpur arrested, left on the promise of loan refund
Basti Ramlal resident farmer Bakshish Singh was arrested. Bakshish has a debt of around Rs 11 lakh. He has given a written promise to the bank officer to pay the loan amount within a month, after which he has been released. Experts say that there are five hundred farmers defaulters in Firozpur, whose arrest warrants have been issued. While arrest warrants have been issued against 400 farmers in Jalalabad, out of these 183 warrants have been prepared.
Farmer Somnath, a resident of Ganewala village in Jalalabad, was arrested, he has a debt of twelve lakh rupees. Somnath paid an amount of Rs.6 lakh 27 thousand to the bank, due to which he was sent home. Gurharsahai has two hundred farmers, against whom arrest warrants have been issued. Similarly, arrest warrants have been prepared for two hundred farmers of Mansa.
Assistant registrar Ferozepur Sarwarjit Singh said that farmer Bakshish Singh has a debt of 11 lakh rupees. Caught it and brought it. Bakshish has given a written promise to return the money within a month, which has been released. This time 250 arrest warrants have been issued.
On the other hand, senior assistant deputy registrar of Ferozepur Co-operative Society Pipal Singh said that arrest warrants have been issued against 930 farmers of Ferozepur, Gurharshahe and Zira on behalf of their Land Mortgage Bank. There is a loan of Rs 34 crore 36 lakh 13 thousand against these farmers, which is outstanding for many years.
He told that his bank gives two types of loans. Home loan with a tenure of 15 years. The rest of the loan tenure is seven to nine years. He said that till March 31 last, 17,531 people are defaulters. They have a debt of Rs 139 crore 49 lakh 63 thousand, no arrest warrant has been issued against them by the bank. Only Land Mortgage Bank has issued arrest warrants against 930 farmers.
If the arrest of the farmers is not stopped then the struggle will be forced.
Mahila Kisan Union President BB Rajwinder Kaur Raju has warned the Punjab government and Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. The union president has said that if the arrest of loanee farmers through agricultural development banks and cooperative societies is not stopped immediately, then the farmers union will be forced to struggle. He called upon the farmers to be ready for struggle.
Mahila Kisan Union President Rajwinder Kaur said that the farmer is already in a lot of trouble due to the decrease in the production of wheat. Now the Tughlaqi order of arrest by the government has made the farmers sleepless. He alleged that after lathi-charging the farmers, the AAP government has now issued arrest warrants against about two thousand loanee farmers of cooperative banks in Punjab and auction of their land is also in process. He said that this action will not be tolerated at any cost.