Youngsters dispel rumours in villages

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Aakanksha N Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 31

Young farmers and supporters in this rural belt have taken it upon themselves to dispel rumours and propagate “real” information among villagers.

“Afwaha toh bacho, Dilli kooch kro (Beware of rumours, head to Delhi)”, announcements are being made in villages in various parts of the Doaba region by the Youth Wing of the Kirti Kisan Union.

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Holding a megaphone, the youth wing members have been exhorting villagers to not fall prey to rumours and accompany them to Delhi to strengthen the movement.

The members say a lot of negativity is being spread by certain sections against the movement after the Republic Day incident. “That is why we have been reaching out to people in villages and personally giving them authentic and real news,” says a member.

Besides making announcements, the members approach people in groups and raise awareness about the movement. Active members are also mobilising people by holding announcements from gurdwaras.

Boota Singh from Shadipur village, co-convener, says after returning to Jalandhar on January 27, he has been making announcements for the past two days.

“Whatever happened on January 26 was not right. But, we should not get disheartened and sit back. We must continue the fight and shouldn’t relent until all three laws are repealed. ‘Eh ladayi saade kalleyan di nai, ghar ghar di ladayi e, te asi jitni e (This is everyone’s fight, and we have to win),” announces Singh at a village.

So far, they have covered Umarpur, Uppal, Talwan, Pokhewal, Partappura villages among others in Jalandhar district.

The Youth Wing is also planning to leave for Delhi from the Phillaur toll plaza on February 2 and have been urging people to join them.

Youngsters dispel rumours in villages
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