The Punjab government has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh to those who were arrested by the Delhi Police after a tractor march against the Centre’s three farm laws on January 26.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh to 83 people who were arrested by the Delhi Police after a tractor march against the Centre’s three farm laws on Republic Day (January 26) turned violent.
CM Charanjit Singh Channi tweeted, “Reiterating My Govt’s stand to support the ongoing farmers’ protest against three black farm laws, We have decided to give Rs 2 lakh compensation to 83 people arrested by Delhi Police for carrying out a tractor rally in the national capital on 26th January, 2021.”
REPUBLIC DAY VIOLENCE IN DELHI
The farmers had organised a tractor rally on Republic Day in New Delhi this year to highlight their principal demands of repeal of the Centre’s three farm laws and a legal guarantee of minimum support prices (msp). The tractor march took a violent turn as a section of protesters broke through police barricades and entered parts of the national capital not permitted for their protest.
This led to clashes between the protesters and cops during which several people were injured and vehicles overturned. The police resorted to lathicharge and fired teargas shells to disperse the protestors.
Hundreds of farmers have been camping at the three Delhi borders since November 2020 with the demand that the government repeal the three agri laws– Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The Centre, which held 11 rounds of formal dialogue with farmers, has maintained that the new laws are pro-farmer, while protesters claim they would be left at the mercy of corporations because of the legislations.