Amid a huge spike in COVID-19 cases in India, farmer union BKU Ekta Ugrahan has announced that 15,000 protesters are heading towards Delhi’s borders in the ongoing struggle against the three contentious farm laws, Times of India has reported.
After flagging off the jathas, BKU Ekta Ugrahan general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan said, “Nearly 15,000 activists had left for Tikri border where already thousands are putting up. Apart from it, the protests at 42 places across Punjab too are continuing.”
Besides, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday said that the return of the farmers to the home will not happen until the three agriculture laws are withdrawn, ANI reported. He reiterated that protest sites were now farmers’ homes.
While replying to the allegations that the coronavirus is increasing due to being in the group of farmers, Tikait said, “Farmers are at their home. Where else will we ask them to go? Is Corona spreading from here? We have been living here for the last five months, it’s our home now.” Tikait also said that many farmers are struggling to get the second dose of the COVID vaccine.
“Many farmers took vaccine but are struggling to get the 2nd dose. We have told officers to set up camp here,” he added.
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