KARACHI: Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) on Monday condemned the police action and arrest of the farmers leaders in Vehari, Punjab, who were staging peaceful protest for their rights on Sunday.
In a statement issued, PILER Chief Executive, Karamat Ali said that brutal action by police against peaceful peasants was tantamount to suppress the voice of poor masses. About 25 members of the Kissan Ittehad Pakistan (KIP), including its district president Chaudhry Iftikhar, were arrested from Multan Road in Vehar as they started their rally.
The farmers had announced to arrange a long march towards Islamabad to demand a subsidy on their electricity bills and to seek government’s intervention for release of payment from sugar mills for the cane sold to them. The protesters were from several villages from Vehari including Karampur, Mailsi and Luddan.
PILER head demanded the provincial government to take action against the responsible police officials for resorting to violence against peasants and also release all the arrested farmers.
He demanded the provincial governments to implement the Land Reforms Act of 1977 by launching land reforms throughout the country.