To mark four months of the farmers’ agitation at Delhi’s borders, many protesters blocked routes at Bahadurgarh-Tikri bypass at Pakora Chowk as a part of the Bharat bandh called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha Friday.
The protest at Tikri, extending on to the Rohtak bypass, is being led by BKU-Ugrahan. While the dimensions of the protest has reduced considerably within the past few weeks, farm leaders of the union from Punjab said they’re going to continue the agitation till their demands are met.
Amrik Singh, BKU-U leader from Punjab’s Sangrur, told The Indian Express, “It’s been four months since we got here; the agitation has been on for even longer in Punjab. the govt hasn’t had any meeting with farmers since January 26 and has been silent about our issues. We shall be here till our demands are met.”Singh said the amount of protesters has reduced as they need planned it in such a manner: “This will continue for long; keeping that in mind, we’ve planned that protesters shall come and enter batches. Therefore, the numbers are low.”
Several protesters said they and their families are participating within the agitation for months, often heading back to Punjab for brief breaks lasting a couple of days before returning .Rajinder Singh Mann (35) from Bathinda, who came back to the approach March 22 after a 12-day break, said, “I will stay here… it’s like this is often our family now, and that we are here to serve them. We shall participate regardless of how long it takes.”
Mann said his mother Ranjeet Kaur (62) too has been a lively participant both at the protest at Tikri, when she stayed for a fortnight after January 26, and at Punjab, where the agitation has been on around 9 months. His wife, a faculty teacher, has been supporting the household.
Gurmeet Kaur (70) from Sangrur has been at the location since last Sunday. She said, “My children aged 35 and 30 are here… We’ll still stay here, do sewa.”