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Farmers’ protest continues amid tight security measures | India News


NEW DELHI: The largest security deployment has continued at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) as the farmers’ protest against three farm laws entered on the 67th Sunday.
While the farmers’ protest on the Ghazipur border (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border) has entered on Day 65. Security has been tightened as more farmers are arriving at the protest site during the last two or three days.
“The government is changing the goalpost. It is a bad thing. They are not making any decisions. government should repeal the laws. It will be better for the farmers and the government, “Shyam, a farmer protesting on the Ghazipur border, told ANI.
Another farmer, Ram Beer Singh, said: “We will not accept the proposal. We will continue to protest. We have done nothing wrong and we want the laws repealed.”
Protesters were seen raising slogans against the central government. They demanded the repeal of the agricultural laws.
They were also seen sitting on a ‘relay hunger strike’.
“Since December 22, 2020, we are organizing the hunger relief in which 11 farmers go on hunger strike for 24 hours. Farmers are ready to talk to the government if they have good intentions. We are always ready for talks.” said Tajinder Singh Virk, a farmer leader said.
To ‘maintain public safety and avoid a public emergency’, the Union Ministry of the Interior has temporarily suspended Internet services at the three borders and their adjacent areas from 11 pm on January 29 to 11 pm on 31 January. January. The Haryana government has also extended the suspension of Internet services in 17 districts until 5 pm on January 31. Delhi police also closed the NH-24 route.
Throughout the party meeting on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that the government proposal given to farmers on January 22 still stands and must be communicated to all by the leaders of the political parties.
Prime Minister Modi has also said that the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was only a phone call away for the protesters.
On January 22, during the 11th round of talks with protesting farmers, the government proposed suspending the new legislation for a year and a half and also proposed establishing a joint committee to discuss the laws.
Tension between the government and farmers protesting agricultural laws has escalated after violence that broke out in various parts of the national capital during the farm tractor demonstration on Republic Day.
On Republic Day, protesters did not follow the pre-established route and broke barricades to enter Delhi, clashed with police and vandalized property in various parts of the national capital during the agricultural tractor rally organized to protest against the three new laws. Agricultural Center. They also entered the Red Fort and displayed their flags from its walls.
Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020, against agricultural laws: Trade in Agricultural Products and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Assurance and Agriculture. Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.

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