Thursday, April 22

Protesting farmers allowed into Delhi, spot identified for peaceful demonstration

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Protesting farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh on Friday entered Delhi through Tikri border after police commissioner of the national capital, SN Shrivastava, said they will be allowed to enter. He appealed to the farmers agitating against the three farm laws to maintain order and demonstrate peacefully, according to news agency ANI. “They will have the permission to protest at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area,” Shrivastava said.

Punjab farmers’ bodies also said that the Centre has allowed them entry into Delhi with permission to hold their agitation at the Burari ground, according to PTI. “We have been allowed safe passage to Delhi,” said Krantikari Kisan Union president Darshan Pal.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh Rajewal said that the farmers were headed to the Burari ground after their demand that they are allowed to hold their protest at the Ramlila Ground was rejected by the Delhi Police.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh welcomed the decision and said that the government should immediately initiate talks to address farmers’ issues. “I welcome Centre’s decision to allow farmers to enter Delhi to exercise their democratic right to protest. They should also now initiate immediate talks to address farmers’ concerns on the #FarmLaws and resolve the simmering issue,” he said.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are on their way to Delhi as part of their ‘Chalo Dilli’ agitation against the three contentious agricultural laws passed by the Centre in September. The three laws, that according to the farmers would make them vulnerable to exploitation by big corporations, are — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.