Thousands of farmers from six major states that include Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, and Kerala tried to enter Delhi from different checkpoints that lead to a massive crowd in many regions of Delhi. They have been trying to break barricades to reach out to the protest point. Police have asserted that they will escort them safely to the protest ground in Burari. But they could not be controlled easily so police had to take control of the situation by using tear gas and water sprays.
Strict actions to control the large crowd of farmers
At first, the Delhi and Haryana police were not very keen on taking stricter actions against the farmers who were about to meet at the protest point. But when it was noticed that they were not maintaining discipline and defying barricades to show their protest, the police had to take strict action against them. While the police used tear gas and water cannons, the farmers also pelted stone and waved flags as a sign of protest. In this fiasco, several farmers were injured and were admitted to the hospital later.
No covid protocols were maintained
The worrying sign is that no covid protocols were maintained during the protests. A police head said, “We will not endanger the residents of Delhi.” To this, one farmer leader said, “What about the Bihar election? What about when they held parliament to pass the farm laws? We are not scared of Covid. The laws are worse.” It is indeed a thing to worry about if such large crowds gather without maintaining covid protocols.
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The ‘law’ that gave rise to this situation
The farmers are protesting against three new laws that dealt with the removal of middlemen to improve the farmer’s earnings across the country. This new law would ensure the farmers can sell their produce at any cost, anywhere in the country without having to depend on a middleman. The farmers, on the other hand, argued that this new law would mean that they would be deprived of a “guaranteed” minimum price for their produce which they are receiving now. It is yet to be seen what result this protest brings out!
The Policy Times suggestions
- The farmers are majorly affected due to the ongoing pandemic situation and thus ensuring they are not deprived of the earnings of their hard work is what the government should do now rather than bring up any law that hurt their sentiment and affect their works as well. If the farmers are trying to protest, the police must cooperate and should not use tear gas or water sprays for the same.
- On the other hand, the farmers who are gathering for protest must also be careful enough to not create a ruckus and do a peaceful protest. If they show rage and anger then unwillingly the police would also have to take strict action against them. They must also keep in mind that we are in the middle of a pandemic and they must also abide by the covid protocols to maintain safety.