7 months of stir: Protesting farmers plan march to Raj Bhawans today; security tightened

Farmers from Haryana are all set to march to the Governor’s house today and submit a memorandum to mark the completion of seven months of their agitation against the Centre’s three new agri-marketing laws. The memorandum to the President will be sent through the Governor, said the BKU (Chaduni), a farmer union part of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leading the stir.

 Farmers camping at Delhi’s Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders will observe June 26 as the “Save Agriculture, Save Democracy Day” to mark the completion of seven months of their agitation.
The BKU (Chaduni) said on the call of the SKM, farmers of Haryana will submit a memorandum to the state Governor in Chandigarh.

Bharatiya Kisan Union’s all-India president Naresh Tikait made the declaration while addressing farmers at UP Gate where they have been sitting on a dharna, blocking one carriageway from Ghaziabad to Delhi of the National Highway 9 for the last seven months.
Tikat addressed the farmers after leading a rally of 100 tractors from Muzaffarnagar to the protest site on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Ghaziabad.
Addressing the protesting farmers, Tikait said it is the “height of the central government’s rigidness” that the farmers have been sitting in protests at various borders point of Delhi for the last seven months but the government has turned a blind eye to their demand.
“Only a deaf and mute government can act like this,” he said.
Meanwhile, keeping in view the farmers’ programme, tight security arrangements have been put in place by the Chandigarh Police.
According to a statement issued by the Chandigarh traffic police, 13 entry and exit points in Chandigarh will remain closed on June 26 from 10 am to 6 pm.
“In view of the law and order situation in the city, following entry/exit points will remain closed on June 26 from 10 am to 6 pm. These are Mullanpur barrier, Zirakpur barrier, Sector 5/8 turn, Hirsa Singh Chowk, Sector 7/8 turn, Lake turn, Sector 7 residence cut opposite PRB, Golf turn, Gursagar Sahib turn, Maulijagran bridge, Housing Board near bridge, Kishangarh turn and Matour Barrier,” the statement said.

“Therefore, the general public is advised not to use these routes and to stay at home except in case of any emergency,” it said.

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