The Samyukt Kisan Morcha had called off the protests on Thursday after the protestors received a formal letter from the Centre agreeing to consider most of their demands.
New Delhi: After more than a year of protests, the farmers gathered at Delhi’s borders are now preparing to go home. The development comes after the agitating farmers received a formal letter from the Centre agreeing to consider their pending demands and officially called off the protests earlier this week. The protesters had declared that they would vacate the site at around 9:00 am on Saturday.
Following the Centre’s acquiescence, several farmers have already vacated the protest sites. At the Singhu border, many were also seen working long hours on Friday to dismantle the makeshift accommodations they had built. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) an umbrella body of farm groups had called off the protests on Thursday, announcing that the farmers would go back home in a victory march on December 11. The agitators however will convene a review meeting on January 15 to see if their demands have been fulfilled by the government.
Farmer’s Protest Latest Updates:
- BKU leader Rakesh Tikait says it will take four to five days to vacate the protest sites. “A large group of farmers shall vacate the area at 8 AM tomorrow. In today’s meeting, we’ll talk, pray, and meet the people who helped us. People have started vacating already,” the farm leader said from th Ghazipur border. He added that he would be leaving on December 15.
- Farmers vacate the Singhu border area after announcing the suspension of their year-long protest against the 3 farm laws and other related issues.
- Visuals from the protest sites showed farmers working to dismantle various structures, even as others dance and celebrate.
- In Singhu, farm leaders of Punjab are slated to gather near KMP at 8:30 am. They will hold some ceremonies before beginning their homeward march. Meanwhile, at the Tikri border, farm leaders will assemble at the Bahadurgarh Kisan Chowk at 9am. At Gazipur, farmers will assemble near the main stage at around 10 am.
- As the farmers head home, the Haryana Police has made elaborate arrangements to ensure that the flow of traffic is not disrupted. Citizens have also been informed in advance so that they can plan and adapt their journey on highways passing through the farmers’ routes during this time.
- The Delhi Police has said that it will remove the multi-layered barricades at the three farmers protest sites in a phased manner. According to officials, security has also been tightened at the protest sites.
Farmer’s Protest Background:
The farmers’ protest had begun on November 26 last year, with thousands travelling to the national capital from various parts of India. Among other things, they had sought the withdrawal of three recently passed Farm Laws as well as a legal guarantee on Minimum Support Price. With multiple rounds of talks with the Centre having failed to elicit results, the farmers had remained camped around the national capital for months, despite facing harsh weather conditions and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
While the three contentious farm laws were withdrawn on the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament, the SKM said on Thursday that they had received a letter from the government approving most of their demands, agreeing to form a committee on MSP for their crops and the withdrawal of “fake case” against farmer protesters.