New Delhi, 26 November
The farmers’ agitation for several demands completes one year on Friday and a large number of protesters gather on the borders of Delhi to mark the occasion.
The Delhi Police on Thursday said that security arrangements have been tightened at various border points of the national capital.
Several programs have been planned across the country to mark the completion of one year of the movement.
The farmers have been camping in the three border areas of Delhi, Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur for the last one year. The agitation against the Centre’s three new agricultural laws began with the ‘Delhi Chalo’ program on November 26-27 last year.
The Center has recently announced its decision to repeal three agriculture laws.
In a statement, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of over 40 agricultural unions, which is leading the protest, said, “The fact that such a long struggle is to continue, it is an act of insensitivity and arrogance.” It is a clear reflection of the government towards its working citizens.”
“During the 12 months of one of the largest and longest protest movements across the world and in history, crores of people participated in the movement, which spread to every state, every district and every village of India. Besides the government, three Following the decision to repeal the anti-farmer laws and the cabinet approval, the movement achieved many victories for the farmers, common citizens and the country at large.
The SKM said that the abrogation of the three laws is the first major victory of the movement and it is waiting to meet the rest of the legitimate demands of the protesting farmers.
“With large-scale protests in Delhi to mark one year of the historic agricultural movement of the United Kisan Morcha, morchas, farmers and activists are reacting in large numbers at far-flung state capitals and district headquarters.
“Thousands of farmers have started arriving at various protest sites in Delhi. Preparations are underway to mark the event with rallies, dharnas and other events in states away from Delhi,” it said.
Farmers will block major highways in Karnataka. The protests will be held jointly with trade unions at all district headquarters in Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
Tractor rallies will be taken out in Raipur and Ranchi. In West Bengal, rallies have been planned in Kolkata as well as in districts. There will also be an action of solidarity from around the world from Friday.
The SKM said that so far at least 683 farmers have sacrificed their lives during the year-long agitation.
The Morcha had written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, saying the Center should announce compensation and rehabilitation for the families of farmers killed during the agitation, and to build a memorial for the farmers at the Singhu protest site. But the land should be allotted. in his name.
A meeting of the SKM will be held at Singhu border on Saturday where the protesting farmers’ union will decide on the future course of action.
According to the police, security has been tightened with additional deployment of paramilitary forces along with Delhi Police personnel at places where the protesting farmers are on dharna.
Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order Division Zone-1) Deepender Pathak said, “Adequate security deployment has been done and there will be strict vigil by senior police officers on the ground. We are using professional policing to avoid any untoward incident.” are.”
The police held a meeting with farmer leaders in this regard on Thursday.
“We are also talking to farmers and persuading them to cooperate with us,” Pathak said. PTI