Amidst the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, farmers will stage a sit-in at Jantar Mantar to demand abolition of new agricultural laws.
Delhi Police on Wednesday allowed farmers to protest at Jantar Mantar demanding abolition of agricultural laws.
Security has been tightened at Singhu border where farmers will gather from various protest sites today and march towards Jantar Mantar.
Farmers have been allowed to protest at Jantar Mantar with a limited number of 200 persons for the United Kisan Morcha (SKM) and six for the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti (KMSC) daily from 11 am to 5 pm.
The Delhi government has also allowed farmers to hold protests following all COVID-19 protocols.
In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the Delhi Police said the farmers would be taken in police buses from the Singhu border to the designated protest site at Jantar Mantar.
Only those farmers who have identity cards will be allowed at the dharna site and at the end of the day around 5 pm, the police will take the farmers in buses upon their return to the Singhu border.
The farmers have also been advised not to take out any march in view of the COVID-19 restrictions and have been asked to follow the appropriate COVID-19 practices and social distancing.
According to the statement, “Delhi Police has made elaborate arrangements to ensure that the protest program remains peaceful.”
“After several rounds of talks with the farmer bodies SKM and KMSC, and on being assured in writing that they will remain peaceful and with the approval of DDMA, the farmers have been asked to join a limited number of SKMs at Jantar Mantar with more than 200 persons. Permission has been given to protest together. And six persons for KMSC daily from 11 am to 5 pm,” Delhi Police said in its statement.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which is under the Delhi government, has allowed farmers to hold protests between 11 am and 5 pm from July 22 to August 9, subject to a maximum of 200 per day. There should be participation of the protesters. according to sources.
Farmer leader Darshan Pal Singh told ANI: “A group of 200 farmers will go in four buses to organize a ‘Kisan Sansad’ on Sansad Marg, where we will discuss agrarian distress, three agricultural laws and MSP. We have steering a six-member Committee consisting of three members from Punjab.
Security has been beefed up in the national capital with troops deployed at Jantar Mantar. Delhi Police Special CP (Crime) Satish Golcha, Joint CP Jaspal Singh and CP Balaji Srivastava visited Jantar Mantar yesterday to review the security arrangements.
Apart from the main highway, all roads leading to Delhi are being monitored and vigil is being done round the clock. Police said that after what happened on January 26 this year, they are not taking any risk and have made proper arrangements.
Violent protests erupted in Delhi during a tractor parade on Republic Day as thousands of agitators clashed with the police.
Farmers have been protesting at various borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against three newly enacted agricultural laws: the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
So far, several rounds of talks have been held between the Center and farmer leaders to break the deadlock between the two sides.