HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The protest which was scheduled to start at 11 am was delayed as the farmers arrived at 12:25 pm
  • All the 200 farmers arrived at the Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi to protest against the Farm Laws
  • Reaching the site of protest, farmers raised slogans, demanding the government to scrap the three laws
  • Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait cited that the farmers will run their own Parliament

Today, a group of 200 farmers arrived at the Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi to protest against the Centre’s three contentious farm laws. The protest which was scheduled to start at 11 am was delayed as the farmers arrived at 12:25 pm.

Citing the delay, the farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka mentioned that the police had stopped them at three places and their Aadhaar cards were checked. Reaching the site of protest, farmers raised slogans, demanding the government to scrap the three laws. The 200 farmers were seen wearing identification badges and carrying flags of their unions.

Talking to the media, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait cited that the farmers will run their own Parliament. “Members of Parliament (MPs), irrespective of their parties, will be criticized in their constituencies if they don’t raise voice for farmers in the House,” Tikait added.

The protesting farmers have been given special permission for demonstration by the Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal. Baijal has allowed up to 200 farmers at Jantar Mantar, a few meters from the Parliament Complex, till August 9.

Several teams of the Delhi Police manned the roads leading to the protest venue, while personnel of the Rapid Action Force, a specialized unit of the Central Reserve Police Force, stood guard at the site, carrying riot shields and batons. The police also threw a ring of security around central Delhi and kept a tight vigil on the movement of vehicles. Water cannon and metal-detector gates have been deployed at the site as well

This is the first time since the January 26 violence that the authorities have granted permission to the protesting farmer unions to hold a demonstration in the city. According to an order by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, gatherings for protests are currently not allowed in the national capital due to the global pandemic.

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