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Future Group Approaches HC Against Four Months Blockade Of Company’s Storage Facility By Protesting Farmers 

Swarajya Staff

Apr 29, 2021, 02:38 PM | Updated 02:38 PM IST

Punjab farmers protesting at Delhi border.
Punjab farmers protesting at Delhi border.

Future Supply Chains Solutions Ltd has knocked on the doors of Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the removal of the illegal gathering of protesting farmers outside its storage facility near the Shambhu border in Patiala district of Haryana.

As per the TOI report, the group has stated that perishable goods worth Rs.4 crore are lying blocked in the storage facility, and if the blockage is not removed, the products will expire soon.

In its plea, the group has sought directions for the immediate removal of farmers' blockade and to provide safe passage to the group to run its business activities.

The petitioning group has further claimed that packaged food articles, pulses, and food grains worth Rs 66 lakh have already expired in the storage facility, while materials and products worth Rs 1.5 crore would expire in the coming days.

It should be noted that the farmer groups have been camping outside the storage facility located in village Sambhu Kalan in the Rajpura area under the impression that the Reliance group is purchasing the supply chain of Future Group. However, the deal is pending as it is being challenged in the Apex Court by Amazon.

Advocate Sachin Rai Vaid, appearing for the Future Group, has argued that the blockage has not only caused significant financial losses to the petitioning company but also has caused hardship to the common people of Punjab where the company delivers the food items at a reasonable price.

Additionally, there is a casual workforce of more than 400 people employed with the petitioner whose livelihood is solely dependent on the running of the operations of the storage facility and who have been unemployed for the last four months.

He added, “The unlawful action of the farmers in creating the said blockade and the inaction of the district administration in getting the blockade removed is resulting in infringement of the fundamental rights of the petitioner company to carry on trade and business.”

The matter is reportedly listed for 29 April for further hearings.

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