The farmers of Punjab gathered their strength and marched forward with a fierce determination. Their cause was just, and their voices were loud as they shouted slogans for their rights to be heard. The violence of farmers filled the air as the procession made their way towards Chandigarh.
As thousands of farmers descended upon Chandigarh, the air buzzed with the sound of their chants and cheers. The police were on high alert, their weapons at the ready, but there was no sign of any violence or aggression
Tight security measures at the borders of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh on Tuesday as farmers called for an anticipation of the protest.
The atmosphere in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh was tense on Tuesday as security was tightened at the inter-state borders. The farmers were aggressively shouting for a protest in Chandigarh, demanding compensation for the losses caused by the floods. With banners and placards in their hands, they marched towards the Sector 17 parade ground, where they had planned to gather in large numbers.
The farmers started their day on Monday. They had many planned for the day, including protests against the recent agricultural laws. However, things took a drastic turn as news spread like wildfire that several farmer leaders had been detained in various parts of Punjab.
They knew their cause was just, and they wouldn’t stop until they were heard. The farmers in Ambala and Kurukshetra in Haryana were not spared either as they were also held.
Chandigarh, the atmosphere was tense. Security personnel stood at all entry and exit points, blocking any farmers from entering the city. The decision had been made to prevent any violent outbreaks from spilling into the urban areas, but tensions only seemed to rise higher.
On Monday, a tragic event only further exacerbated the already sensitive situation. News spread quickly that a farmer had been killed in Sangrur district, the result of being run over by a tractor-trolley.
As the days wore on, protests erupted all across Punjab. In Amritsar and Tarn Taran, farmers lay siege to toll plazas in an effort to express their anger towards the “detention” of their leaders
DEMANDS MADE BY PROTESTING FARMERS
The farmers gathered in the fields, holding up placards and banners, raising their voices in unison, demanding what they rightfully deserved – a special package of Rs 50,000 crore from the Centre for the damages caused by floods in whole North India including Punjab.
Farmers’ demands were clear: Rs 50,000 per acre for crop loss, Rs 5 lakh for a spoiled house, and Rs 10 lakh for the family of anyone who had lost their life in the floods. They had calculated the exact amounts they needed to start rebuilding their lives and they were determined to get them.
Sixteen farm bodies had come together to make their voices heard. They were tired of suffering losses caused by floods and being left to fend for themselves. The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee was at the forefront of the demonstration, with its members shouting slogans and leading the charge. The Bharti Kisan Union (Karanti kari) and the BKU (Ekta Azaad) were also in attendance, their banners fluttering in the wind. The Aazaad Kisan Committee, Doaba, BKU (Behramke) and the Bhoomi Bachao Mohim were not behind, carrying placards with messages like “No More Injustice” and “Farmers Deserve Better.”