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Farmers protest: Delhi government refuses permission to convert 9 stadiums into detention centers

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On Friday, the Delhi government denied police permission to convert nine of the city’s stadiums into temporary detention centers for protesting farmers from Punjab and Haryana entering the national capital as part of their protest against the three contentious farm laws passed by the Center in September.

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The Delhi police had requested the state government’s approval for the same earlier that day. “Looking at the situation at the borders, we think we will need that kind of place to hold the detainees. We have yet to receive confirmation, ”said a senior police official on condition of anonymity.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, en route to the national capital as part of their ‘Dilli Chalo’ agitation, clashed with police on Thursday. The farmer agitators resumed their march and reached the Delhi border on Friday morning.

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The three laws that farmers are protesting are: the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantee and Agricultural Services of 2020, and the Agricultural Services Act of 2020. Essential Products (Amendment) Law 2020.

According to farmers, this would make them vulnerable to exploitation by large corporations and weaken the government’s procurement system, as part of which the government buys commodities from them, such as wheat and rice, at guaranteed prices (MSP).

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