LIVE updates from farmers protest: BKU leader receives threatening call, FIR registered – update live
Several farmer groups wrote a letter to the Union Ministry of Agriculture on Saturday and thus accepted the central government’s invitation for dialogue to end the ongoing agitation against the government’s three agricultural reforms. Farmer groups proposed December 29 as the date for the sixth round of talks. Previously, five meetings were held between Union ministers and farmer groups that were inconclusive.
The farmer groups also placed the four-point agenda on Saturday and asked the government to adopt the modalities for the withdrawal of the reforms and incorporate changes in the draft Electricity Reform Law 2020 so that the interests of farmers are protected. In addition, they warned that a tractor march from the Singhu border will take place on December 30 if the government does not talk about eliminating the reforms during the December 29 meeting.
It has been more than a month since farmers camped out at Delhi’s border points and protested against agricultural reforms passed by Parliament in September. Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava visited the Singhu border on Saturday to assess the law and order situation at one of the largest protest sites in the national capital. “The law and order situation on the Singhu border is normal. There is no anticipation at this stage that something (adverse) will happen, but we are careful and the appropriate force is deployed on the border, ”he said.
Meanwhile, to a great relief for the Delhi-Ghaziabad travelers, the Delhi Traffic Police announced that the National Highway (NH) – NH-9 and NH-24, which runs through the Ghazipur border, were reopened for the traffic movement.
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BKU farmer leader receives threatening call, FIR registered
A senior police officer said an FIR was registered on Saturday after a complaint was filed alleging that Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait, who has been participating in the ongoing unrest, received a death threat on your phone. The phone number mentioned in the complaint is under surveillance and efforts were made to identify the caller, the officer told the PTI news agency.