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Farmers Launch Day-Long “Relay” Hunger Strike | India News

NEW DELHI: Intensifying their agitation against the Center’s new farm laws, farmers began their one-day ‘relief’ hunger strike on a cold Monday morning at all protest sites on Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh .
The protesting farmers will participate in the hunger strike in batches and the first has 11 members, according to peasant leaders.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have protested against the laws over the past four weeks at various border points in Delhi, demanding that they be repealed.
Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said on Sunday: “Farmers will start a one-day relay hunger strike on Monday at all sites to protest against the new farm laws. It will be started by an 11-member team in the protest sites here, including the Singhu border. ”
He also urged “everyone at all protest sites across the country to participate in it.”
Several roads have been closed due to the unrest and the Delhi Traffic Police has been updating travelers on open and closed routes.
On Twitter Monday, the traffic police said that the borders of Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari and Mangesh are closed. He has advised travelers to take alternative routes across the borders of Lampur, Safiabad Saboli, and Singhu School Toll Tax.
Police said that as traffic has been diverted from Mukarba and GTK Road, people are advised to avoid Outer Ring Road, GTK Road and National Highway (NH) 44.
Those who travel to Haryana can cross the borders of Jharoda (only carriageway), Daurala, Kapashera, Badusarai, Rajokri NH-8, Bijwasan-Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera.
“The Tikri, Dhansa borders are closed to any traffic movement. The Jhatikara border is open only for two-wheelers and pedestrians,” the traffic police tweeted.
“The road from the Chilla border from Delhi to Noida is open to traffic, however the other road from Noida to Delhi is closed,” he added.
Farmers protest against the 2020 Farmers’ Agricultural Price and Services Guarantee Agreement (Empowerment and Protection), the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020 and the Essential Products (Amendment) Act 2020 .
The three farm laws, enacted in September, have been projected by the government as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will cut out middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.
However, protesting farmers have expressed their fear that the new laws would pave the way to remove the Minimum Livelihood Price safety cushion and wipe out the mandis, leaving them at the mercy of large corporations. The Center has repeatedly stated that these mechanisms will continue.

Times of India