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Farmers Protest: Man Who Turned Off Water Cannon Charged With Attempt To Murder
Defending himself, Singh, the son of a farmers' body leader Jai Singh asserted that he was only trying to protect farmers from being hit by water in such chilly weather.
New Delhi: Navdeep Singh, a 26-year-old man from Haryana’s Ambala who was seen climbing onto a police water cannon vehicle to turn it off during the protest march of farmers has been under charges of attempt to murder. Notably, Singh was lauded on social media, after a video wherein he was seen jumping on the top of the blue colour water cannon vehicle and then climbing onto a tractor transporting protesters, went viral.
Defending himself, Singh, the son of a farmers’ body leader Jai Singh asserted that he was only trying to protect farmers from being hit by water in such chilly weather. “After my studies, I started doing farming with my father who is a farm leader. I never indulged in any illegal activities and got courage from the commitment of protesting farmers to climb the vehicle and turn off the tap as it was hurting them,” he told The Times of India.
“While protesting peacefully, we were demanding a passage to Delhi but the police blocked our passage. We have all the right to question the government and protest if any anti-people laws are passed”, he added, noting that the citizens have all the rights to protest against ‘anti-people laws’.
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Earlier on Friday, after facing tear gas, water cannons and clashing with security personnel, hundreds of farmers entered the national capital to hold a peaceful protest at a north Delhi ground, but there were still thousands at border points who were undecided to go to the identified demonstration site and clarity in their decision is expected today.
Notably, the farmers are protesting against the three new laws that deregulate the sale of farm produce. They claimed that this will dismantle the minimum support price (system). On the other hand, the government said the three laws will do away with middlemen, enabling farmers to sell their produce in the commercial markets.
The Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 were passed by the Upper House in September through voice vote despite objection from opposition parties.