Over 600 sugarcane farmers block rail, road traffic in Hoshiarpur

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Over 600 sugarcane farmers on Wednesday blocked vehicular and rail traffic at Bhangala, 70 kms from here, in protest against non-payment of their dues by various sugar mills.

Under the banner of Pagri Sambhal Jatta Lehar, agitating farmers, led by Kamalpreet Singh Kakki, president of the outfit, blocked vehicular and rail traffic from 11 am to 4:45 pm.

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The traffic on Jalandhar-Pathankot rail section was diverted from Amritsar section and vehicular traffic on alternative routes.

The protesters lifted the blockade after the SSP of Hoshiarpur and ADCs (General), Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur intervened in the matter.

They assured farmers that they would arrange their meeting with the additional chief secretary regarding their demands.

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