Bathinda: Imposition of certain restrictions by the Punjab government to see a surge in Covid cases may have thrown life out of drugs, but its impact isn’t visible at the farmers’ protest sites. Farmers asserted that they might not stop protests in Punjab or at the borders of Delhi.
Assembly of farmers in protests continued unabated on Tuesday, the second day of restrictions in Punjab. an outsized number of farmers, including women, assembled at protest sites outside Barnala railroad station, toll plazas at Mehal Kalan on Barnala-Ludhiana road, at Badbar on Barnala-Sangrur stretch of the national highway, at Lehra Bega village tract situated on Bathinda-Chandigarh national highway, and nearly 100 more points across the state.
In Barnala, protesting farmers even assured support to shopkeepers dealing in non-essential items. Protesters have also purchased 15 new air coolers, which are installed at the protest site at Barnala railroad station.
However, protesting farmers have agreed to follow Covid guidelines and urge people to urge vaccinated and wear masks, maintain social distancing wherever possible and drink kaadha. Despite these assertions, there are differences among farm groups about increasing the intensity of protests when the country is passing through tough times on the Covid front.
In the absence of unanimity on this, farmers have disregarded the appeals of the Punjab and Haryana governments to downsize at protest sites and are calling on farmers to start out returning to Delhi borders after they’re through with wheat harvesting.