Our Staff Reporter

HAFIZABAD

The growers belonging to the district have expressed grave concern over the low prices of different varieties of paddy and have called upon the government to direct Passco to purchase paddy from them at reasonable prices.

Addressing a press conference, Kisan Board District President Aman Ullah Chattha disclosed that Super Karnal Basmati paddy was being purchased by the middlemen (Arhties) at Rs1400 per 40 kgs against Rs2200 per 40 kgs last year which, he said, causing colossal loss to the growers. He said that other varieties of paddy were being purchased by the middlemen (Arhties) at nominal rates which was tantamount fleecing by the middlemen. He called upon the government to take prompt steps to stop the exploitation of the growers at the hands of middlemen. He further said that prices of electricity, seed and fertilizers have been increased during the year but the low prices of paddy were not understandable.

NON-ARREST OF SHO, COPS BEMOANED: The parents of Zulifqar Ali alias Bhutto of Mangat Uncha who was allegedly torture to death while in police custody have expressed resentment against non-arrest of accused SHO Ali Akbar Chattha and six cops despite registration of a case against them.  They called upon the DPO and RPO to ensure arrest of the accused policemen to provide justice.

Meanwhile, the District and Sessions Judge was assigned to hold a judicial inquiry to ascertain the real fact regarding the death of Zulifqar Ali alias Bhutto.