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Farmers’ protest: Demonstrations underway at Jantar Mantar near Parliament

A series of demonstrations against the farm laws are being held by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of protesting farm unions.
 

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New Delhi, First Published Jul 22, 2021, 1:26 PM IST
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New Delhi: Farmers protesting against three Central farm laws since last November protested at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar.

A group of 200 farmers reached Jantar Mantar in central Delhi to protest against the three contentious farm laws as the Monsoon session of Parliament was underway.

A series of demonstrations against the farm laws are being held by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of protesting farm unions.

The Jantar Mantar demonstration received permission from Delhi lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal on the condition that only a maximum of 200 protestors will be allowed till August 9.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait also reached Jantar Mantar as farmers began their protest against the central government's three farm laws.

Protesting farmers have also been asked to provide an affidavit declaring that all Covid-19 norms will be followed and that the movement will be peaceful. The demonstrators were met with heavy security deployment in the area amid the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament.

"Farmers will run their own Parliament," said BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, adding, "Members of Parliament (MPs), irrespective of their parties, will be criticised in their constituencies if they don't raise voice for farmers in the House."

Upon reaching Jantar Mantar, farmers raised slogans, demanding the government scrap the three laws.

Police threw a ring of security around central Delhi and kept a tight vigil on the movement of vehicles.

Several teams of the Delhi Police manned the roads leading to the protest venue, while personnel of the Rapid Action Force, a specialized unit of the Central Reserve Police Force, stood guard at the site, carrying riot shields and batons.

A water cannon and metal-detector gates have been deployed at the site. Two tankers carrying drinking water have also been stationed there.

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