Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana units of CPI (M) and CPI held mass protests on Monday in several districts of Haryana against unprecedented hike in prices of essential commodities especially food items.

CPI (M) State Secretary Inderjit Singh disclosed that the protesters, including women, expressed their anger against the State and Central governments for their failure to check the rising prices of sugar, oils, vegetables, fruits, pulses and other essential items leading to unbearable burden on the common people.

He further said that the agitation would continue in various shapes to demand “availability of all essential items through Public Distribution System to all needy families, implementation and expansion of NREGA, strict action against hoarders, black marketeers and ban on forward trading of food grains and other items”.

The leaders of Left parties also demanded withdrawal of the move to privatise the distribution of electricity. They asserted that this would prove counter productive in all respects. Expressing shock over the “monumental systemic failure in the molestation of a teenager in 1990 who later committed suicide in 1993,” they demanded “revisiting” of this case and other such cases where justice had been denied owing to the political patronage enjoyed by the accused.

Mr.Inderjit Singh and other party workers courted arrest in front of the Mini Secretariat at Hissar. They were released later.