Farmer outfits across the country are observing Bharat Bandh today to protest against the three contentious agricultural legislation passed in Parliament. As part of the agitations, the farmers held demonstrations in many parts of the country and blocked highways leading to New Delhi using trucks, tractors and combine harvesters. Also Read - Maharashtra Govt Announces Rs 10,000 Crore Package For Rain-Affected Parts of State
However, the farmers ensured that the protests are being held peacefully and cooperated with the police, with no disruption of law and order. Three videos have emerged on social media which show people making way for an approaching ambulance and have gone viral since then. Also Read - Farmer Outfits in Punjab to Intensify Stir Against New Farm Laws, Declare State-wide Protests on October 17
The first video shows protesting farmers making way for the ambulance on the Amritsar-Pathankot highway. Watch: Also Read - Farmers Walk Out of Centre's Meeting Over Minister's Absence, Tear Off Copies of Farm Laws
In a similar second video, a large number of farmers help an ambulance find its way through the crowd in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur.
The third video is from Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor and the fourth from Mumbai:
Many social media users lauded the police and farmers for ensuring a peaceful protest while some others lamented the violation of social distancing protocols.
Cutting across party lines, the day-long statewide protests by farmers evoked a huge response and normal life was disrupted.
However, amid nationwide farmer protests, Prime Minister Narendra Modi insisted on Friday that, “Small and marginal farmers, who constitute 86 per cent of those involved in agriculture, will benefit the most from agricultural reforms and the new laws.”
The protests are largely against three bills that were recently passed by Parliament in its monsoon session — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill.
(With IANS inputs)