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Protesting farmers reject accusations that they are blocking oxygen transport to Delhi | India News


NEW DELHI: Farmers protesting at various Delhi borders on Wednesday dismissed as “false propaganda” allegations that they were not allowing medical oxygen carriers to enter Delhi, thus putting the lives of several Covid-19 patients at risk. . BJP MP Parvesh Verma had alleged late Tuesday that the transport of medical oxygen to Delhi was hampered due to roadblocks caused by protesters.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a representative body for several protesting farmers’ unions, said on Wednesday that they have left a path open for emergency services since the first day of their upheaval.
“Not a single ambulance or essential goods service has been stopped. It is the government that has put up strong barricades (nails), not the farmers. The farmers are fighting for human rights and support all human rights,” said the morcha.
“There is spreading false propaganda against the farmers that they have blocked the roads and have not let oxygen into Delhi. This is completely false news. Yes, we are protesting, but not against the Covid-19 patients, the warriors of the crown or ordinary citizens. We are against the discriminatory policy of the government in agriculture, “he added.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and several other states have been protesting at various borders in Delhi since November last year, seeking the repeal of three agricultural laws enacted last September.
Making the accusations, Verma tweeted last night: “I spoke with the hospitals. They told me that there are only a few hours of oxygen supply left and that due to the roadblock by protesters at the Ghazipur border, the transport of oxygen It is getting difficult. Protesters must lead the way, “he had tweeted.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged the Center “with folded hands” to provide medical oxygen to Delhi. His deputy Manish Sisodia had said there will be chaos in the city if stocks are not replenished on Wednesday morning.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also sent an emergency message to Union Minister Piyush Goyal at 10:20 pm, saying that “oxygen in GTB Hospital cannot last more than 4 hours”.
Some of Delhi’s major government and private hospitals received new medical oxygen supplies in the early hours of Wednesday, averting a just-in-time crisis, according to officials.
A record 28,395 coronavirus cases and 277 deaths marked the worsening of the pandemic situation in Delhi on Tuesday when the positivity rate soared to 32.82 percent, meaning that one in three samples tested positive, in the middle of a “serious oxygen crisis” that unfolds in the city

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