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February 23, 2021 / 11:11 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights | It's the duty of the government and PM Modi to listen farmers and resolve their issue: Priyanka Gandhi

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 90th day today

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 90th day today. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The protest started on November 26, 2020. The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum
Support Price (MSP) system being retained. Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate. Protesting farmers fear that the new laws will dismantle the MSP system and corporatise farming. The Supreme Court had earlier ordered a stay on the implementation of these contentious laws, hoping it will end the protest. The farm union leaders have also rejected the Centre's proposal to suspend implementation of the laws for 18 months. On January 26, the protest turned violent when some farmers deviated from a pre-decided route for their Republic Day tractor rally and clashed with police. Some protesters scaled the ramparts of the Red Fort. Several protestors and police personnel were injured in the ensuing clashes. The farmers' unions also held a 'chakka jam' on February 6 where they blocked national and state highways to protest the internet ban in areas near their agitation sites and harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities, among other issues.
  • February 23, 2021 / 08:52 PM IST

    Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | It's not about gathering crowd, it's people's & farmers' voices. It's duty of govt & PM to listen to them & make an effort to resolve their issues. Using derogatory terms for farmers is a sin. Those who form the government have the duty to listen to them: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of the Congress said in Mathura (ANI) 

  • February 23, 2021 / 06:49 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SC panel on agri laws holds consultation with farmers' group AIKCC

    The Supreme Court-appointed panel on three new farm laws on Tuesday held consultations with representatives of the All India Kisan Coordination Committee (AIKCC) to take their views on the legislations that were enacted in September last year. The Supreme Court had on January 12 stayed the implementation of the three contentious farm laws for two months and asked the committee to submit a report after consulting the stakeholders. 

    Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at Delhi's borders for nearly three months now seeking repeal of the new legislations and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP) system. "The Supreme Court appointed Committee on recently enacted Farm Acts held its interaction from NASC complex, Pusa, New Delhi today with the office bearers of All lndia Kisan Coordination Committee (AIKCC)," the panel said in a statement. 

    The committee members requested the participating office bearers of AIKCC to give their detailed views on the three laws -- The Farmers' Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. "All the participating office bearers of All lndia Kisan Coordination Committee gave their detailed views, suggestions and submissions on the above mentioned three Farm Acts, before the committee," the statement said. 


  • February 23, 2021 / 06:31 PM IST

     Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | 'We believe in system and the law', says Disha Ravi's mother

    "We are happy. We believe in the system and the law," said Disha Ravi's mother Manjula on bail to her daughter in the toolkit case. The Delhi Sessions Court granted bail to the 22-year-old activist on two sureties of Rs one lakh each.

  • February 23, 2021 / 04:59 PM IST

    Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | In the order copy, Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana states, "Considering the scanty & sketchy investigation, I do not find any palpable reason to breach the rule of bail for a 22-year-old girl who has absolutely no criminal antecedents". (ANI) 

  • February 23, 2021 / 04:40 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Pakistan flag was allegedly unfurled during a protest in Germany against the contentious farm laws. 

  • February 23, 2021 / 03:58 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Session Court of Patiala House Court has allowed the bail plea of Disha Ravi. Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana granted bail to the toolkit case accused on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 1,00,000 with two surety in like amount.

  • February 23, 2021 / 03:54 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Republic Day violence accused Lakha Sidhana attends public meeting in Bathinda

    Lakha Sidhana, who is wanted in connection with the violence in Delhi on Republic Day, on Tuesday attended a public meeting in Punjab's Bathinda in support of the ongoing farmers' agitation against the Centre's agri laws. A video clip showed him seated on the dais. The gangster-turned-activist had given a call for the public meeting in Bathinda's Mehraj village last week.

    There was speculation whether Sidhana would take part in the public meeting as he is wanted by the Delhi Police for his alleged role in the violence that broke out during a tractor parade called by farmer unions on January 26 demanding the repeal of the agri laws. Thousands of protesters had clashed with the police during the violence. Many of the protesters reached the Red Fort and entered the monument, and some of them even hoisted religious flags on its domes and a flagstaff at the ramparts.

    In a video that appeared on social media on Saturday, Sidhana had appealed to people to take part in the programme in large numbers. The former gangster had several cases registered against him in Punjab and was jailed many times. He had unsuccessfully contested the 2012 state assembly polls. (PTI)

  • February 23, 2021 / 03:28 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 'Pagdi Sambhal Diwas' celebrated at Delhi borders

    Farmers organised the "Pagdi Sambhal Diwas" on Tuesday at the Delhi borders to register their opposition to the government's three agricultural laws. Wearing colourful turbans, the agitating farmers at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders, celebrated the day following a call by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha. The move is to assert the self-respect of farmers in memory of 'Chacha' Ajit Singh, the uncle of iconic revolutionary Bhagat Singh and founder of the "Pagdi Sambhal" movement.

    The song "Pagdi Sambhal", written by Banke Dayal, was a precursor to the peasant movement against agricultural laws by the colonial British government, in 1906. The reflections of the movement that Chacha Ajit Singh had started at that time can be observed in this farmers' movement as well. Reinforcing their demands, the farmer leaders said, "The government will have to withdraw these laws and remove the misconception that the farmers will go back."

    Farmers' organisations have decided to observe different days with varying themes to boost and strengthen their agitation. (Ians)

  • February 23, 2021 / 03:01 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Toolkit case: Shantanu Muluk moves Delhi court for anticipatory bail

    Shantanu Muluk, who is accused along withDisha Ravi in connection with allegedly being involved in sharing a "toolkit" on social media related to the farmers' protest, Tuesday moved a Delhi court seeking anticipatory bail. The application moved by Muluk is likely to come up for hearing Wednesday before Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana.

    Muluk had got transit bail from Bombay High Court on February 16 for 10 days. He, along with Ravi and another accused Nikita Jacob, was booked for alleged sedition and other charges. Ravi was arrested by a Cyber Cell team of the Delhi Police from Bengaluru and brought to Delhi. Her police custody ends today. Muluk and Jacob are currently on transit bail.

  • February 23, 2021 / 02:16 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Toolkit case: Shantanu Muluk has moved a bail plea in a Delhi court, plea to be heard tomorrow. (ANI)

  • February 23, 2021 / 01:59 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 'Toolkit' case: Disha Ravi reaches Delhi Police Cyber Cell office

    Climate activist Disha Ravi reached the office of the Delhi Police Cyber Cell on Tuesday in connection with the probe into the "toolkit Google doc" backing the ongoing farmers' agitation, officials said. A Delhi court on Monday sent Ravi to one-day police custody as it said she has to be confronted with other accused in the case -- Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk.

    Jacob and Muluk joined the probe on Monday. They were questioned at the Delhi Police Cyber Cell office in Dwarka. The Delhi Police, probing the "toolkit Google doc" shared by climate activist Greta Thunberg, had arrested Bengaluru-based activist Disha Ravi, while Jacob and Muluk were granted pre-arrest bail by court. Police had alleged that the "toolkit" was part of a global conspiracy to create unrest and trigger violence in India in the garb of the farmers' protest against the agri laws. (PTI)