Farmers block crucial highways in Punjab, Haryana, Raj throughout ‘chakka

New Delhi|Chandigarh: Farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan obstructed highways and key roads with tractor-trolleys and sit-in presentations on Saturday, while scattered demonstrations were kept in other states throughout a three-hour’ chakka jam’ called by upseting farmer unions which are requiring the ditching of the Centre’s new agri laws.Scores of individuals were detained in a number of states, including nearly 60 at Shaheedi Park in the national capital which was brought under a thick security blanket, throughout the demonstrations held in between 12 twelve noon and 3 PM to oppose the internet restriction and other limitations at the protest websites on Delhi’s borders.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which is spearheading the agitation, declared the ‘chakka jam’ (road blockade) demonstration got big across the country support which when again “proved” that farmers across the nation are unified against the farm laws and required that the government create a fresh proposition for talks.

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait declared that farmers will return home only after the federal government reverses the contentious legislations and makes a law making sure a legal warranty for the minimum assistance rate (MSP).”There will be no compromise on this,” the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader said, including they were prepared to continue their demonstration till October 2. No unfortunate incident was reported in any part of the nation during Saturday’s demonstrations, with authorities stepping up security in delicate locations because of the violence during the farmers’ tractor parade on January 26. Protesters were detained by police as they stalled traffic in parts of Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.The Congress and Left celebrations too joined the demonstrations in some states in support of the ‘chakka jam’ called by the agitating farmer unions.While Delhi together with Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand was kept out of Saturday’s road blockade by agitating farmer unions, authorities again suspended web at the protest sites of Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri as well as adjoining locations for 24 hr till Saturday night and closed entry and exit centers at 10 popular Delhi Metro stations for few hours.Earlier, the web services were suspended in these areas from 11 PM on January 29 till 11 PM on January 31, which was further extended till February 2. Singhu border looked crowded than in the past as more tractors and farmers made their way to the demonstration sites, while drone cameras, multilayered barricades, nail-studded roadways and barbed wires remained in location as part of preventive measures by the police.Security forces, consisting of anti-riot cops, were released at important junctions across the national capital, including Red Fort and ITO, which had actually seen violence on January 26. The police also kept an eye on content on social media, authorities said.Addressing an interview at the Singhu border at night, Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s senior leader Darshan Pal said the ball is now in the government’s court.”We are ready to talk. The ball is in the federal government’s court. We plainly informed them that their last proposal (of suspending the farm laws for 12-18 months) was not acceptable to us. Now, they should come up with a brand-new proposal,” he told reporters.At the Ghazipur protest website, Tikait, the 51-year-old Bharatiya Kisan Union leader, said, “This movement will continue for a year. It’s an open deal and proposition to the government. A law on MSP will have to be made. Without that, we will not go back house.”Raising mottos against the Centre, farmers parked their tractor-trolleys or crouched in the middle of roads with posters, flags and banners in Punjab and Haryana, obstructing several highways, including the Chandigarh-Zirakpur, Amritsar-Pathankot, Tarn Taran-Kapurthala, Ferozepur-Fazilka, Muktsar-Kotkapura, Bathinda-Chandigarh, Ludhiana-Jalandhar, Panchkula-Pinjore and Ambala-Chandigarh highway, leading to traffic snarls.Women likewise participated in the stir in a large number at several places.Folk tunes blared from speakers and people set down atop truck-tractors hoisted the tricolour on the KMP Expressway.Biscuits and fruits were distributed to the protesting farmers sitting on the road. Those concerning the stretch with their automobiles were notified about the protest and asked for to reverse, while ambulances and other emergency lorries were allowed to pass.”We do not want to develop any trouble for the people. That is precisely the reason the call given was for three hours just. Security forces have been blocking– our and their passage– for many days, we anticipate the ‘aam aadmi’ to co-operate with us for some hours at least,” said Ajit Ahluwalia (29) from Haryana’s Hisar.In Rajasthan, farmers at numerous places consisting of Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Dholpur and Jhalawar interfered with traffic movement by occupying highways and main roadways and held demonstrations, cops said.Farmers in Uttar Pradesh turned over a memorandum to respective district authorities, requiring the withdrawal of the laws.Several farmer groups and the Congress held a protest in Mumbai. ‘Rasta roko’ demonstrations were held in Karad and Kolhapur cities in Maharashtra.At least 40 protesters, consisting of senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan’s other half Satvasheela Chavan, were detained for holding a protest on a hectic roadway at Kolhapur Naka in Karad in western Maharashtra this afternoon, a police official said.Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna leader Raju Shetti and others were apprehended briefly in Kolhapur.In Telangana, authorities said numerous people were taken into preventive custody, as leaders of opposition parties signed up with the farmers in ‘raasta roko’ protests on various.Farmers blocked highways in various parts of Karnataka to reveal their uniformity, following a call given by numerous farmers’ associations led by Kuruburu Shanthakumar. A few pro-Kannada organisations too came in assistance of the agitators.The presentations were kept in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kolar, Koppal, Bagalkote, Tumakuru Davangere, Hassan, Mangaluru, Haveri, Shivamogga and Chikkaballapura, and protesters courted arrest in some parts of the state.Condemning the protests, Union Minister for Chemical and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda said the Narendra Modi federal government has actually executed the suggestions of the Swaminathan Committee report to deal with the agrarian distress and farmers’ suicide issues.Protests were also kept in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu.This belongs to the pan India stir “for looking for justice for farmers. This is not for political functions or to trouble the general public,” the president of the coordination committee of Tamil Nadu All Farmers’ Association, P R Pandian, informed reporters.Ahead of the nationwide protest, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the peaceful ‘satyagraha’ of the ‘annadatas’ remains in national interest as the farm laws are “harmful” for the country.Party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra likewise knocked the government over the farmers’ issue by publishing on Twitter a photo of the multi-layered barricading at one of the farmer demonstration sites.”Why are you frightening us with the wall of worry?” she tweeted in addition to the picture.The Congress had on Friday extended assistance to the ‘chakka jam’, stating celebration workers will stand shoulder to take on with farmers in their protest.The Morcha, an umbrella body of the farmer unions opposing the three farm laws, had actually said on Friday that the peasants throughout the nation will obstruct nationwide and state highways for three hours between 12 midday and 3 PM to protest the internet ban in locations near their agitation websites, the alleged harassment portioned to them by authorities, and other issues.Delhi, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh were omitted from the demonstration. Tikait declared inputs had actually been gotten relating to some “scalawags attempting to interrupt peace” during the ‘chakka jam’.”This (protest) is for the entire country. They will try to divide us, saying it’s a movement of one state. But that it is not. It’s a pan-India movement,” he added.Thousands of farmers have been objecting because late November at Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh requiring the rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promo and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Security) Agreement on Rate Assurance and Farm Provider Act, 2020 and the Vital Products (Amendment) Act, 2020. The objecting farmers have revealed apprehension that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support cost system, leaving them at the “grace” of huge corporations.However, the government has actually kept that the brand-new laws will bring farmers much better opportunities and introduce brand-new technologies in agriculture.

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