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Monday, 11 January 2021

Farmers stand firm despite chill

Tribune News Service

Sonepat, January 10

Amid the cold wave, the farmers' protest continued on Sunday. The farmers were making arrangements to brave the cold wave and said it could not defeat their spirit.

The mercury plummeted to 7 degree Celsius and bone-chilling winds at 13 km per hour left the protesters shivering. The cold wave was likely to continue on Monday and temperature could dip more in the coming days.

The farmers at the Delhi borders braving the cold wave said they would not step back till their demands were fulfilled. Amarjeet Singh of Tarn Taran said they had come to the Delhi borders for their rights and were ready to face all odds, be it the weather or the government.

At least 60 farmers had died during the agitation for their rights, but the government did not pay heed to their demands, he added.

Sukhmeet Singh of Gurdaspur said the bone-chilling cold could not defeat their spirit because it was a question of their and their children's livelihood and they had come to save their agricultural land.

Various farmer union leaders had made arrangements for the protesting farmers to save them from the cold wave. They had brought thousands of tarpaulins, blankets, quilts and waterproof tents while some social groups were providing them eatables.

The United Sikh Organisation, a social group, has set up an eight-bed temporary hospital at the Singhu border to provide 24-hour medical facility to the protesting farmers. It arranged essential medical equipment and medicines for the farmers.

A group of doctors from Punjab reached the Singhu border and held an OPD. Six patients were admitted to the hospital on Saturday.

from The Tribune

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