Big Farmers Protest Delhi: In view of today’s farmers’ protest at Jantar Mantar, elaborate security arrangements have been made at Delhi’s borders to prevent “unnecessary crowding” in the national capital.
Big Farmers Protest Delhi Border Today
Alleging rising unemployment in the country, some farmer organizations, including the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), have called for a “mahapanchayat”. Some farmers were seen overturning the barricades put up by the police and raising slogans at the protest site.
These farmer organizations have been demanding proper implementation of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops. They have also demanded withdrawal of cases registered against farmers during the year-long protest against agricultural laws.
Apart from Delhi Police personnel, additional forces have been deployed along the borders including Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. All vehicles entering the national capital are being screened, causing traffic disruption in some parts of the city.
Heavy deployment was also seen on railway tracks, bus stations and metro stations to avoid any untoward incident. Officials said the Delhi Police has requested commuters to avoid certain routes.
Last week, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha organized a demonstration “demanding justice” in the 2021 violence case in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri. Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish had allegedly crushed eight people, including four farmers, in Lakhimpur Kheri in October last year.
On Sunday, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait was detained by the police at the Ghazipur border after he tried to enter the national capital to participate in a ‘mahapanchayat’.
Rakesh Tikait later tweeted in Hindi after being released and deported, “This struggle will continue till the last breath. Rukkenge nahi, thakenge nahi, jhunjenge nahi.” He alleged that the Delhi Police was working at the behest of the Centre.
The farmer leader said that he would meet the representatives of SKM in Delhi on September 6 to chalk out their future strategy.
Earlier, thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan had camped at Delhi’s border points demanding the repeal of the Centre’s three agricultural laws for almost a year.
In November 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi withdrew the controversial agriculture laws, saying the government could not convince the protesting farmers of the benefits of the reforms.