Farmer leaders observe fast as stir regains momentum

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/1/2021 12:30:52 AM

MHA suspends internet services on 3 protest sites

NEW DELHI, Jan 30: Agitating farmer leaders held a day-long fast at various protest sites on Delhi's borders on Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary on Saturday as the stir against the agri laws appeared to regain momentum after rallying support from the agricultural community of the crucial western Uttar Pradesh region.
More farmers gathered at Gazipur, on the Delhi-Meerut highway, that has now become the new focal point of the stir, while union leaders claimed that protesters were also heading back to Singhu and Tikri
borders from Punjab and Haryana, days after the crowds had waned following the violence at the tractor rally on January 26.
The administration remained on high alert with Internet services temporarily suspended at the Singhu, Gazipur, and Tikri borders of the national capital, as well as the adjoining areas. Haryana has alreadysuspended the internet in 14 districts.
Security personnel, including from anti-riot police and paramilitary forces, were deployed in strength.Multiple layers of barricades including concrete blocks were being put at the protest sites.
Wearing garlands, the farmer leaders, who had called for observing 'SadbhavanaDiwas' (Harmony Day) on Saturday after the immense outrage over violence by protesters during their Republic Day tractorrally, sat on the dais during the fast, as crowds of supporters swelled, especially in Gazipur where the BharatiyaKisan Union is leading the protest.



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