Amid the continued agitation by farmers, principally from Punjab, the Central authorities has launched raids on some 45 warehouses within the state, seizing samples of rice and wheat shares, sources have mentioned. The CBI’s search operation has been on since final night time and are being carried out with assist of paramilitary forces, they mentioned.
The godowns being raided embrace these belonging to the Punjab Grains Procurement Company (PUNGRAIN), Punjab Warehousing, and some of the Meals Company of India (FCI). Whereas the particular places of the CBI raids aren’t but confirmed, sources mentioned samples of wheat and rice procured in 2019-20 and 2020-21 have been being seized for bodily verification. As much as 35 of the raided premises are mentioned to be in Punjab; the remainder in Haryana.
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Client Affairs and Meals and Public Distribution, had not too long ago mentioned in an interview that the federal government will quickly be doing high quality checks of procured grains. The CBI had carried out related raids a number of years in the past, too. The company should be performing on a grievance, sources mentioned.
The raids come amid a worsening of the face-off between the farmers, principally from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, and the Central authorities, significantly after the violence on Republic Day. 1000’s of farmers have been at loggerheads with the Centre over the brand new agricultural legal guidelines handed by Parliament final September.
Eighteen opposition events, together with the AAP and the BSP, have determined to boycott President Ram Nath Kovind’s handle to the each Homes of Parliament, flagging off the Price range session. They’re protesting the Centre’s dealing with of the farmer agitation and have expressed help for these protesting towards the brand new legal guidelines.
The farmers have mentioned the violence on Republic Day was the results of a conspiracy to malign them. The federal government, they mentioned, was making an attempt to “break” their peaceable protest. Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Rakesh Tikait has demanded a judicial inquiry into the occasions on the Purple Fort. The Delhi police have filed greater than 25 instances over Tuesday’s violence, whereas 19 individuals have been arrested.