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Thursday, 17 December 2020

To fight cold, farmers pitch tents, light bonfire

Ravinder Saini
Tribune News Service
Jhajjar, December 16

Farmers protesting at the Tikri-Bahadurgarh border for the past 20 days have been adopting different ways to brave the bone-chilling cold. Some have pitched waterproof tents and some have made makeshift rooms on the divider of the highway by covering it with tarpaulin sheets.

"At the start of the protest, we slept in tractor-trailers. As the days progressed, the temperature dipped. So, we bought tents from Delhi. Two persons can sleep in a tent. We have made an arrangement for 30 persons," said Gurpreet Singh from Ludhiana (Punjab).

Another farmer Veer Singh from Muktsar said, "By pitching tents, we want to tell the Centre that we are in for a long haul. We will not return till the three farm laws are taken back."

There are some who put stubble beneath their mattresses to keep themselves warm.

Jagsheer Singh of Ratia (Fatehabad) and his group members have developed a makeshift room on the divider by covering its railing with a tarpaulin sheet.

"Winter is gradually reaching its peak. To keep ourselves warm, we covered the divider from all sides. About 40 people can sleep in the makeshift room," Jagsheer said, adding the tractor-trailers were being used to keep clothes and other things.

Almost everyone light bonfire in the evening. "We knew the protest would last long. So we brought wood with us to light bonfire," said Gurdeep Singh of Ludhiana.

from The Tribune

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