There could be no “formal” talks with the federal government until “harassment” by police and administration stops and detained farmers are launched, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha stated on February 2.
In a press release, it alleged that elevated barricading, together with digging trenches, fixing nails on roads, establishing barbed-wire fences, closing inner roads, stopping Internet providers and “orchestrating protests through BJP-RSS workers” are a part of “attacks” being organised by the federal government, its police and administration in opposition to the farmers.
The umbrella physique of farmers’ unions protesting the Central farm legal guidelines termed the “frequent Internet shutdown” at protest websites and blocking of many Twitter accounts associated to the farmers motion “direct attack on democracy”.
Twitter on February 1 blocked a number of accounts and tweets after the federal government requested the microblogging platform to take motion in opposition to 250 handles and posts for holding ‘false and provocative content’ associated to the continued farmers’ agitation, in line with sources.
“It appears the government is extremely fearful of the rising tide of support for the ongoing protest from different States,” the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) stated.
Farmers, primarily from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, are protesting the Centre’s farm legal guidelines for greater than two months on the borders of the nationwide capital, choking highways to neighbouring states.
“The SKM decided in its meeting on Monday that there can be no formal talks with the government until police and administration’s harassment of different kinds against the farmers’ movement is immediately stopped,” the SKM stated.
It additionally stated no formal proposal for talks has been obtained by it.
“Though no formal proposal for talks came from the government, we clearly state that the talks will be held only after unconditional release of farmers who are in illegal police custody,” the assertion stated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an all get together assembly on January 30 had stated the federal government’s provide to droop the farm legal guidelines for 18 months was nonetheless on the desk and the Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar was only a cellphone name away to take the talks ahead.
The Morcha had reacted to Mr. Modi’s assertion by reiterating its demand for repeal of the three agri legal guidelines.
The authorities’s negotiations with protesting farm unions hit a roadblock on January 22 because the farmer leaders caught to their calls for for an entire repeal of the three farm legal guidelines they discover pro-corporate and a authorized assure for minimal help value, even because the Centre requested them to rethink its proposal for placing the Acts on maintain for 12-18 months.
Unlike the final 10 rounds of talks, the eleventh spherical couldn’t even attain a choice on the subsequent date for the assembly as the federal government additionally hardened its place saying it is able to meet once more as soon as the unions agree to debate the suspension proposal.
On Republic Day, a tractor parade by farmers within the nationwide capital turned violent and plenty of protesters had been arrested.
The SKM, in a press release, stated the Delhi Police has launched an inventory of 122 agitators who’ve been taken into custody.
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It stated, “The SKM strongly condemns the arrests and detention of many protestors in different police stations and the seizure of vehicles of farmers. Scores of people are reported to be missing and this is a matter of great concern to us.” “We demand their immediate release. We also condemn the attacks and arrests on journalists who are continuously covering the movement,” it stated.
A authorized staff has been arrange by the SKM, with representatives of various organisations, which can systematically pursue the case of these lacking, arrested and seized automobiles, the morcha stated.
The protesting farmers have declared a nationwide ‘chakka jam’ on highways on February 6.