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Amid Tight Security, Farmers Hold Protest Against Farm Laws at Jantar Mantar

Heavy barricading has been done at Jantar Mantar and security personnel have also been deployed. Security measures have also been tightened at the Singhu border, which is the assembly point from where farmers from different protest sites will head towards Jantar Mantar everyday.

Protesters to be Escorted By Police

The Delhi Police said in a statement that the number of farmers at Jantar Mantar however, should not exceed 200 persons for Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) and six persons for Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC). The 200 farmers will be allowed to protest from 11 am up to 5 pm every day.

Farmers were also granted permission to hold protests, as long as all COVID-19 protocols are followed.

The Delhi Police said on Wednesday, that the farmers will be escorted by police to the designated protest site at Jantar Mantar from the Singhu border in buses.

Farmer leader Darshan Pal Singh said, “A group of 200 farmers will go in 4 buses to hold ‘Kisan Sansad’ at Parliament street. We will discuss the agrarian crisis, three farm laws and MSP. We have constituted a 6-member steering committee which will include three members from Punjab”, news agency ANI reported.

Meanwhile, farmers have also been advised not to take out any march in view of COVID-19 restrictions and have been asked to observe COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and social distancing.

Moreover, Delhi Police said that it has, “put in place extensive arrangements to ensure that the protest programme remains peaceful,” ANI reported.

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