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Thursday, 28 January 2021

Day on, cops put up barricades, beef up security at Tikri border

vinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Tikri, January 27

A day after the farmers’ tractor parade spiralled into chaos in parts of the Capital, protesters at the Tikri border were seen discussing the prevailing situation in groups.

The Delhi Police have put up barricades to block the Rohtak-Delhi highway and beefed up security in the area. Earlier in the morning, the farmers gathered at the main protest site and staged a day-long dharna. Popular Punjabi artistes, including Kanwar Grewal, Sonia Mann and Harf Cheema, sang motivational songs.

Though the protesters seemed worried over yesterday’s incident and the registration of FIRs against their leaders, they are confident of winning the battle. They claim the agitation will go on with the same zeal and enthusiasm until their demand for the repeal of the three farm laws is fulfilled.

“The Delhi violence will not affect our agitation in any manner as it was a conspiracy to defame the farmers. Everything has been exposed and the public knows the reality. Our protest will continue as usual. The tractor parade has not only shown our power, but also mounted pressure on the Centre,” claimed Gurchant Singh from Mansa (Punjab).

On Tuesday, the protesting farmers removed the barricades at Tikri at 9 am and entered Delhi.

The tractor parade continued peacefully as hundreds of volunteers were on duty to manage the vehicular movement. Dressed in traditional attire, women from Haryana danced on folk songs while the youth sat atop tractors, jeeps and cars decorated with the Tricolour, balloons and flowers.

Meanwhile, Rajender Arya Dadupur, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Majdoor, Naujawan Union, termed the Delhi incident as unfortunate.

All of us are responsible for the violence as it was our duty to stop the protesters from going towards wrong routes, but we failed to do so,” Dadupur added.

from The Tribune

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