Indian police block roads ahead of Budget Day

New Delhi, 1st February: Indian police blocks roads to stop protesting farmers from disrupting the budget day.

Baaghi TV: According to reports, the Indian police and paramilitary have spread razor wires across main roads to prevent protesting farmers from entering the capital city.

As per reports, the protocols have been set in place as the finance minister is all set to deliver the government’s annual budget in parliament.

In many neighbourhoods where protests turned violent last week, the internet and messaging services were blocked and security was stepped up around parliament and other important government offices in the central district.

A senior official who didn’t wish to be named said, “The government has increased security to avoid any clash or violence when parliament is in session. The idea is to keep everyone safe and avoid any escalation in tensions.”

On 26th January when India celebrated its Republic Day, farmers’ protest turned violent as some protesters broke away from a rally of tractors to storm into the historic Red Fort complex after breaking through barriers and clashing with police.

In the last few days, more farmers have arrived along with their tractors to join their protesting colleagues at the three major protest sites near New Delhi.

In a radio address on Sunday Indian PM Modi said, “The country was saddened by the insult to the Tricolor (Indian flag) on the 26th of January in Delhi.” The government is committed to modernising agriculture and is also taking many steps in that direction.”

According to reports, the farmers want the government to withdraw three new farms which were introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in September. The farmers say that they will hurt their livelihoods and benefit large private produce buyers.

However, the government says the reforms will open up new opportunities for farmers and it has invited farmer leaders for fresh talks to end the deadlock.

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