New Delhi: Farmers who are protesting against the Agri laws have proposed they will hold a tractor rally in the national capital on January 26. Now, they are alleging that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them on the Republic Day to disrupt the ongoing agitation against three farm laws. “On January 26, there was a plan to create disturbance during the tractor rally by opening fire on Delhi Police personnel, which would prompt them to retaliate against the protesting farmers in a strong manner,” a farmer said on Friday. Also Read - Ready to Protest in Summers: Farmers at Ghazipur Border Put up Tents
At a press conference at the Singhu border late on Friday night, the farmer leaders presented a person who claimed that his accomplices were allegedly asked to pose as policemen and baton-charge the crowd during the proposed tractor rally in the national capital on Republic Day. They also claimed that they caught the man from the protest site at the Singhu border. He was subsequently handed over to the Haryana police. Also Read - 40 Lakh Tractors Will Be There: Farmer Leader Rakesh Tikait Holds Out Threat of Parliament Siege
The man, who had his face covered with a scarf, claimed at the press conference that a plan was hatched to shoot four farmer leaders, who are known faces in the media, at the stage on Saturday. Also Read - Republic Day Violence: Delhi Court Sends Actor-Activist Deep Sidhu To 14-Day Judicial Custody
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at several border points of Delhi since November 28 last year, demanding a repeal of the three farm laws and a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.
Enacted in September last year, the three laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed their apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of MSP and do away with the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.
(With agency inputs)