The Delhi Police had beefed up security as protesting farmers begin their ‘Kisan Panchayat’ agitation at Jantar Mantar today. Farmer unions had on Wednesday received a green signal to hold a protest at Jantar Mantar during the Parliament Monsoon Session, between 11 AM and 5 PM till August 9. Farmers are demanding the scrapping of the contentious agricultural laws.
“I, along with eight others (protesting farmers) will leave for the Singhu border, and then will go to Jantar Mantar. We will hold ‘Kisan Sansad’ at Jantar Mantar. We will monitor Parliament proceedings,” said Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait today.
Security has been tightened this morning at Delhi’s Singhu and Tikri borders, which are expected to see a huge footfall as farmers will gather from different protest sites and head towards Jantar Mantar. However, only a maximum of 200 protestors have been allowed till August 9 in the heart of Delhi with heavy security deployment in the area.