The farmers gave time till October 2 to repeal the agricultural law
Eastern Times, New Delhi: After a three-hour ‘chakka jam’ on Saturday United Kisan Morcha, Indian Farmer’s Union leader Rakesh Tikait said that the government has been given time till October 2 to repeal the controversial agriculture laws.” We will not bow to government pressure and sit down for talks,” he added.
Farmers protesting against the Indian government’s new agriculture law blocked roads in several cities across the country including Punjab and Haryana.
Internet service has been suspended in Singhu, Gazipur and Tikri and surrounding areas till 11:59 pm on Saturday in the interest of maintaining public safety and public emergency.
Due to the nationwide ‘chakka jam’ programme, the Delhi Police has tightened security at all the borders of the national capital and about 50,000 police, paramilitary and reserve force members have been deployed in the Delhi-NCR region. In addition, police set up multi-layer barricades at the Gazipur border and said about 50 people were detained near Shaheedi Park in central Delhi for allegedly holding the protest in support of the ‘chakka jam’ by the farmers standing against the farm laws.
Haryana police also strengthened flawless security in a bid to maintain law and order.
While senior police officers were personally asked to monitor the security and traffic arrangements at important junctions and roads, district police chiefs were directed to ensure adequate deployment of their personnel.
Entrance and exit gates were closed at 10 stations at the Delhi Metro and the Pathankot-Jammu highway has also been closed. Farmers blocked the highway from the Delhi-Haryana border to Palwal. The movement of ambulances and necessary services was not stopped.
Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, general secretary of the Indian Kisan Union said they had blocked roads at 33 places in 15 districts of Punjab, including Sangrur, Barnala and Bhatinda.
The Congress has backed the nationwide blockade. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi that “the peaceful satyagraha of the food givers is in the national interest – these three laws are detrimental not only to the peasantry but also to the people and the country. Full support!”
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday said the demands of the protesting farmers should be met.
He alleged that the ruling BJP had come up with the law for the benefit of some corporates ignoring the interests of farmers. “The plight of farmers across the country is understandable. I saw that the farmers of Gujarat also went to Delhi to give their speeches”.
The United Nations Office for Human Rights on Friday called on the Indian government and agitating farmers to exercise maximum restraint, saying it was important for all to find a “just solution” with due respect for human rights and rights of expression should be protected both offline and online.