A group of 200 farmers reached Jantar Mantar in central Delhi on Thursday to protest against the Centre’s three controversial farm laws as the Monsoon session of Parliament was underway.
Police threw a ring of security around central Delhi and kept a tight vigil on the movement of vehicles.
The Delhi government and police on Wednesday agreed to allow farmers to hold the Kisan Sansad at Jantar Mantar from today till August 9 between 11 am and 5 pm.
The protesters have been asked to give an undertaking that all Covid norms would be followed and the protest would be peaceful, PTI reported.
This is the first time since the violence in the national capital during a tractor rally on January 26 that the authorities have given permission to protesting farmer unions to hold a protest in the city.
Here are the LIVE updates on farmers’ protest:
‘Kisan Sansad’ begins at Jantar Mantar.
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The Delhi Police have come out with preventive arrangements to check the entry of any miscreant at the Tikri border ahead of farmers’ planned protest for the repeal of three farm laws.
Speaking to ANI, DCP, Outer District, Parvinder Singh, said, “We have placed preventive arrangements to avoid the entry of any miscreant at the Tikri border. The arrangement has been put in place as they (farmers) haven’t received permission to hold protest here.”
While the Monsoon Session of Parliament is on, the farmers’ protest led by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait is going to take place against the Centre’s new farm laws just at a short distance away. BKU leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said that the farmers will hold their own parliament sessions at Jantar Mantar.
While speaking to ANI, Rakesh Tikait said, “Parliament is just 150 metres away from Jantar Mantar. We will hold our own Parliament sessions there.”
The country has witnessed that these farm laws are beneficial and are in favour of the farmers. We have had discussions about these laws. If they express their issues with the laws point-wise, we can discuss it: Narendra Singh Tomar, Union agriculture minister
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government is ready to resume talks with protesting farmers but asked them to point out their objections to the provisions of the three farm laws with sound logic.
Farmers Headed To Jantar Mantar
After the security checks at the resort, Delhi Police is escorting farmers to Jantar Mantar
Delhi Border: Farmers, Cops Negotiate
Farmers have been taken inside a resort for a head count and identity checking.
Buses are stopped at Delhi border in Singhu.
Delhi police is asking them to take another route.
Farmers want to take GT Karnal Road.
Farmers headed in buses to Jantar Mantar in central Delhi stopped at Delhi border. Police ask them to take another route.