Heavy security arrangements have been put in place at all entry points of the Delhi border and in the city after the violence that hit the national capital during the 'Farmers Tractor Rally' on January 26, official sources said.
Strongly reiterating the demand to repeal the new farm laws, a large number of farmers took out a tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day. The rally took a violent turn as protesters allegedly attacked police and overturned vehicles.
As many as 394 police personnel were injured and 30 police vehicles were damaged in the violence that erupted in the farmers rally on Tuesday, police sources said.
As per reports, one farmer was killed in police firing near ITO, after he was shot at and his tractor overturned. The police, however, said the farmer died after his tractor turned turtle.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police said 25 criminal cases have been registered in connection with the violence.
Thousands of protesting farmers on Tuesday entered the Red Fort after breaking police barricades and hoisted a religious flag on the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.
Following the incident, the Union Home Ministry on Tuesday ordered suspension of internet services in the areas of Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk, and Nangloi and their adjoining areas in the NCT of Delhi from 12 pm to 11:59 pm.
‘High time to discuss three farm laws to save farmers from corporates’
Meanwhile in Manipur, which is yet to witness much protest against the farm laws unlike in other states, a one-day interaction programme on three farm laws in India was conducted at academic levels on Wednesday at Manipur University.
The interaction programme was organised by Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusion Policy (CSSEIP), Manipur University at the court hall of the varsity.
Vice-chancellor of Manipur University, Amar Yumnam said that almost all the states of India are burning in protest against the three farm laws, and only the north-east states are yet to suffer. There are reasons behind the protests or agitations by the farmers.
It is good that farmers of Manipur are not involved in violences, though the farm laws require to be debated on national level, said the VC. The academicians should not only confine to textbooks but involve in practices or sharing ideas. It is necessary to include academicians on articulation of the policy, the VC added.
CSSEIP director, E Bijoykumar said the interaction programme is the beginning of an attempt for the national debate. The entire country, except the north-east states, is opposing the three farm laws, which is because the laws have not taken into account 0the perspective of the farmers. There should be a session to re-examine the methodology of the farm laws, he added.
The institution of policymakers have changed drastically with no recommendation from the Somminathan committee. While forming the farm laws, the history should be repeated that all states have their own practicing techniques. It is fact that other economic sectors had risen at a high growth rate, while the agriculture sector had declined. So, the mechanism of laws should be well prepared, Bijoykumar said.
Academicians from different fields spoke on the three farm laws and gave their opinions for saving the farmers from the corporates.
The interaction programme was also attended by associate professor of Department of Economics, MU, Bobo Meisnam; media professional, Rajesh Salam; associate professor of Department of Economics, Thoubal College, L Debendra; assistant professor of Department of Economics, MU, H Iswarchandra Sharma; RK Nimai (retired IAS); and vice-president Manipur Loumee Marup, Yumnam Ratan.