By Devanshi Thakkar
WEDNESDAY, DAY 21 of the Farmers Protests
The Supreme Court took up petitions seeking directions to authorities to remove the protesters from the national capital’s borders. A 3-judge bench of the top court, headed by chief justice SA Bobde, issued notice to the Centre in this regard and will resume the hearing on Thursday
A Sikh priest, Ram Singh from Haryana who had joined the farmers protest at Singhu border, shoots himself dead.Baba Ram Singh belonged to Singhra village in Nissing area of Haryana’s Karnal district. According to reports, the 65-year-old also left a suicide note stating that “he couldn’t see the ordeal of farmers who are sitting on the outskirts of the national capital protesting against the recently-passed farm laws”.
Ram Singh was rushed to a nearest local hospital in Panipat, but unfortunately the doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal expressed anguish over the incident in his tweet and urged the government to repeal the three farm laws as being demanded by the agitating farmers.
“Anguished to hear that Sant Baba Ram Singh ji Nanaksar Singhra wale shot himself at Singhu border in Kisan Dharna, looking at farmers’ suffering. Sant ji’s sacrifice won’t be allowed to go in vain. I urge GOI not to let situation deteriorate any further & repeal the 3 agri laws,” Badal said on his tweet below.
Thousands of farmers have been camping at Singhu border and other entry points of Delhi in protest against three farm laws.The 2020 Indian farmers’ protest is an ongoing protest against the three farm acts, which were passed by the Parliament of India in September 2020. The acts have been described as “anti-farmer laws” by many major farmer unions,and farmer unions and politicians from the opposition also say it would leave farmers at the “mercy of corporates”. The government, however, maintains that they will make it effortless for farmers to sell their produce directly to big buyers.
Modi govt working for interest of farmers, says Amit Shah. Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the Narendra Modi government is continuously working for the interests of the country’s farmers, as he lauds the Centre’s decision to approve assistance of Rs 3,500 crore for sugarcane farmers.