Sanghar: 40 farmers booked after scuffle with police
SANGHAR: Forty farmers were booked after they scuffled with irrigation officials and police during a protest against closure of a channel here on Wednesday. Reports said that the protesting farmers gathered at the watergates of Soonehri minor canal of Tando Adam irrigation sub-division and raised the gates which had been closed by irrigation authorities under a rotation programme.
The irrigation officials rushed to the place with a contingent of police but their appearance added to the farmers’ anger and they scuffled with them as well as police. Some farmers snatched a rifle from a police head constable during the dispute, reports said.
Police later lodged a report on the complaint of surveyor Sikandar Shah accusing 40 farmers of water theft and obstruction in official duty. The rifle was returned to police after the tempers cooled down. The farmers said that there was no shortage of water and the chief minister also had ordered not to carry out rotation, still the irrigation officials had closed minors and watercourses to mint money on the pretext of rotation.