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Out to uproot paddy, agri staff held captive in Moga 

Moga: Officials of the Agriculture Department were reportedly held captive by BKU activists at Sekha Kalan village in Moga district when they tried to plough the field of a local farmer who had transplanted paddy in defiance of a government order.The government had issued directions to the farmers not to transplant paddy before June 20 but the unions have asked the growers to begin sowing to avoid problems during harvest and procurement.Sources said when the officers — Dr Navdip Singh,  Dr Gurminder Singh, Dr Dharamvir Singh and  Dr Manminder Singh – tried to plough the fields, the farmer called other villagers and farm union activists, who then held the officers captive for many hours.Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Harinderjit Singh has brought the incident to the notice of District Magistrate Dilraj Singh Sandhawalia, who has asked SSP Raj Jit Singh Hundal to register a case against the farmers concerned.Meanwhile, the government has stopped power supply to tubewells. However, farmers are irrigating their fields using generator sets.

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