Amid tight security, farmers stage protest at Jantar Mantar

New Delhi: Farmers have arrived at Jantar Mantar, where they are set to hold staggered protests from July 22 onwards.

The agitating farmers, who have been protesting against the Centre’s farm laws at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders since last November, plan to protest against the government and hold ‘Kisan Sansads’ on each working day of Parliament until the monsoon session ends.

A group of 200 farmers has traveled to Jantar Mantar from their Singhu border demonstration site in buses with a police escort and hold protest there from 11 am to 5 pm.

Farmers have been permitted to protest at Jantar Mantar with limited numbers not exceeding 200 persons for Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and six persons for Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) from 11 am to 5 pm daily.

The Delhi government has also granted permission to farmers to hold protests, subject to following all COVID-19 protocols.

Only those farmers who have ID cards will be permitted at the protest site and at the end of the day around 5 pm, Police will escort the farmers on the buses as they return to the Singhu border.

Farmers have also been advised not to take out any march in view of COVID-19 restrictions and they have been asked to observe COVID-19 appropriate behavior and social distancing.

Apart from the main highway, all routes leading to Delhi have been put under surveillance and are being monitored round the clock. Police said they are not taking any chances after what happened on January 26 this year and have made appropriate arrangements.

Delhi had witnessed violent protests during a tractor parade on Republic Day as thousands of agitators clashed with the police.


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