Farmers protesting agricultural laws arrested on the outskirts of Lucknow
More than 60 farmers were detained on Friday after they tried to block the busy Sultanpur Road on the outskirts of Lucknow during a protest against the three agricultural laws, police said. Other protesters dispersed. The peasant agitators came from the rural areas of Lucknow and the surrounding districts.
Joint Police (Law & Order) Commissioner Naveen Arora said that following local intelligence inputs, a large force had been deployed at various vulnerable points on the outskirts of the city to control the entry of protesters into the state capital. . He added that some protesters were arrested.
Despite elaborate security arrangements, a large group of farmers associated with the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) came to Sultanpur Road to support the agitation against the agricultural laws. The farmers said their protest was against the new laws, harassment in the name of burning stubble and various other problems.
“The protest was organized in our union’s call against the government’s anti-migrant policies,” said Anil Dubey, a farmer leading the protest here in the state capital.
The three laws, which farmers say would make them vulnerable to exploitation by large corporations, are: the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Assurance and Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.
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Some farmers also criticized the government’s wheat procurement system, saying it was another way to harass farmers.
“Wheat is not purchased efficiently. Furthermore, farmers are being harassed in the name of stubble burning. FIRs are being filed against poor farmers. We strongly oppose the harassment of farmers, ”said another farmer.
A group of farmers organized a march from Bagiyamau to the main road in Sultanpur, where they were arrested.
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The protest call was made by various farmers unions associated with the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee.
In addition to Sultanpur Road on Shaheed Path, a large police force was deployed on Faizabad Road near Chinhat in anticipation of the protests. Except for Sultanpur Road, no farmer protests were reported anywhere else in the state capital.