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Sunday, 20 December 2020

Water heaters, firewood for Tikri protesters to fight chill

Sameer Singh

Tribune News Service

Mansa, December 19

In a yeoman service to the ongoing farmers’ agitation against contentious farm laws, a social service organisation in Mansa district has sent wood-fired water heaters, washing machines and truckloads of firewood to the protest site on the Tikri border on Friday.

The members of Cycling Group, Mansa, have pooled in money to purchase these items and also bore transportation cost on their own. According to the group members, water heaters would keep the protesting farmers “alive and kicking” amid biting cold.

Talking to The Tribune, group president Balwinder Singh Kaka said: “It is indeed a brave decision by our farmer brothers to continue their agitation against the new farm laws. So, to provide them some relief from the biting cold, we decided to provide them water heaters and washing machines — the two basic requirements. Hot water would keep them warm and going. We have sent 50 wood-fired water heaters, five washing machines and two trucks loaded with around one quintal wood each to the Tikri border.”

Singh added: “Over 200 members contributed to the cause with a major share of contribution coming from Gagandeep Singh. Now at Tikri border, we are busy distributing these items as per requirement. Anybody who requires these items at the protest site can contact on 62800-55146.” Meanwhile, a leader of Samvidhan Bachao Manch, Gurlabh Singh Mahal, exhorted more support from NRIs and those within the country to the protest site at Tikri border where concentration of protesting farmers (Malwa districts) is comparatively more.

Mahal said: “A large number of farmers from Malwa districts have reached the Tikri border to take part in the ongoing agitation and hundreds of them are moving to the protest site on a daily basis so it is important that resources, philanthropic activities or any help coming both from NRIs from Doaba and Majha region and other parts of the country are diverted to the Tikri border.”

from The Tribune

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