As peasant protests against the three new agricultural laws on the Delhi border kicks in on day 22, the stalemate between protesting peasants and the government seems to be heading towards a similar stalemate in Shaheen Bagh. The three weeks of farmers’ unrest prompted the government BJP to schedule public meetings across the country. Taking a cue from its AAC playbook, the party is arranging for its ministers and senior leaders to hold meetings with pro-farm law farming groups to signal that the request for repeal of the laws does not reflect a national sentiment of farmers.
Meanwhile, more than 20 people have died in the past three weeks of unrest, protesters say. The deceased, many of whom hail from Punjab, died of natural causes apparently aggravated by the harsh climate or from road accidents, protesters say. Farmers’ organizations in Singhu and Tikri say they are now preparing lists of these people to help their families and will lobby for compensation. Meanwhile, family members of farmers who died from suicide in Punjab over the years joined the ongoing protest at Delhi’s Tikri border on Wednesday, with some widows and mothers of the deceased farmers who said they wanted to remain on the site throughout the day. duration of the protest. .
In other news, a Sikh priest of a gurdwara in the Karnal district of Haryana, identified as Sant Baba Ram Singh (65), has reportedly shot himself in Kundli, near the Singhu border where peasants have been protesting for the past 20 years. days, Wednesday.
In an alleged suicide note, Singh, also known as Nanaksar Singhra Wale, said he was saddened by the plight of the farmers.
While Singh is said to have fired himself with his licensed revolver, Kundli SHO Police Station Ravi Kumar said they had yet to ascertain the weapon used. “His associates released a statement to the police that he committed suicide. Our probe is active, “he said.