Amid parliament’s ongoing monsoon session, farmers will stage a protest in Jantar Mantar today, demanding that the new agricultural laws be repealed.
Delhi police on Wednesday allowed farmers to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar and demanded the abolition of agricultural laws.
Security has been tightened at the Singhu border, where farmers will gather today from various protest sites and head towards Jantar Mantar.
Farmers are allowed to protest daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jantar Mantar with a limited number of up to 200 people for Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and six people for Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC).
The Delhi government has also authorized farmers to protest, provided they follow all COVID-19 protocols.
In a statement released late on Wednesday, Delhi police said the farmers will be escorted by police to the designated protest site at Jantar Mantar from the Singhu border in buses.
Only farmers who have ID cards are allowed to enter the protest site and at the end of the day around 5pm, the police will escort the farmers onto the buses as they return to the Singhu border.
Farmers have also been advised not to march in light of the COVID-19 restrictions and have been asked to observe appropriate COVID-19 behavior and social distancing.
“The Delhi police have made extensive arrangements to ensure that the protest program remains peaceful,” the statement said.
“After several rounds of negotiations with the farmers’ organizations SKM and KMSC, and having received written assurances that they would remain peaceful and with the approval of DDMA, the farmers are allowed to protest at Jantar Mantar with a limited number of non more than 200 persons for SKM and six persons for KMSC daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” the Delhi Police said in its statement.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which comes under the government of Delhi, has allowed farmers to stage the protest between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. from July 22 to August 9, subject to the participation of up to 200 protesters per day. according to ANI sources.
Farmer leader Darshan Pal Singh told ANI: “A group of 200 farmers will board four buses to hold ‘Kisan Sansad’ in Parliament Street where we will discuss the agricultural crisis, the three farm laws and MSP. We have formed a six-member steering committee which will include three members from Punjab.”
Security in the national capital has been increased with personnel deployed to Jantar Mantar. Delhi Police Special CP (Crime) Satish Golcha, Joint CP Jaspal Singh and CP Balaji Srivastava visited Jantar Mantar yesterday to review security arrangements.
Apart from the main road, all routes leading to Delhi have been monitored and monitored around the clock. The police say they are not taking any risks after what happened on January 26 this year and have taken appropriate measures.
Delhi had witnessed violent protests during a tractor parade on Republic Day when thousands of rioters clashed with police.
Farmers have been protesting at the various borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly passed agricultural laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Agreement on the Enforcement and Protection of Farmers 2020 and the Amendment of Essential Goods 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.