Farmers' next meeting with Centre on Feb 2; Protest continues amid tight security

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Amid more and more farmers joining the protest against agriculture laws, security was heightened at the Singhu and Tikri borders.

 

Farmers' protest against three agriculture laws entered the 67th day on Sunday. 

Security has been beefed up as more farmers are coming to the protest site for the past two-three days.

The next round of talks between the farmers and the Centre is scheduled for February 2.

Protestors were seen raising slogans against the central government. They were demanding the repeal of farm laws. They were also seen sitting on 'relay hunger strike'.

To 'maintain public safety and averting public emergency', the Union Home Ministry has temporarily suspended internet services at the three borders and their adjoining areas from 11 pm of January 29 to 11 pm of January 31. 

The Haryana government has also extended the suspension of internet services in 17 districts till 5 pm on January 31. The Delhi Police has also closed the NH-24 route.

During all party-meeting on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that the proposal of government given to farmers on January 22 still stands and should be communicated to all by the leaders of the political parties.

On January 22, during the 11th round of talks with protesting farmers, the government proposed to suspend the new legislations for one-and-a-half years and also proposed to set up a joint committee to discuss the Acts.

The tension between the government and farmers protesting the farm laws has escalated after the violence which broke out in various parts of the national capital during the farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day.

Several public and private properties were damaged in acts of vandalism by the protestors during the farmers' tractor rally on January 26.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait was issued a notice by the Delhi Police on Thursday, asking him to explain as to why legal action should not be taken against him for breaching the agreement with police regarding the tractor rally on January 26.

Tikait instead asked the government to take action on those who lathi-charged farmers on Republic Day. 

While crying in front of the media, he had said : "I will commit suicide if the laws are not repealed. We will not vacate the protest sites."

The emotional appeal of the BKU spokesperson triggered more and more farmers to join the protest overnight at the Ghazipur border. As a result, security was heightened at other Delhi borders as well, including Singhu and Tikri, to avoid any unwarranted situation. 

Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

 

With inputs from Agency

 

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