Farmers across the country blocked national highways at various places to protest against the death of farmers in police firing in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur and failure of the Centre to provide relief to the farming community.
In Haryana, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) held protests in Ambala, Rohtak, Sonepat, Hisar, Sirsa, Jind, Bhiwani and Chakhi Dadri. Led by BKU leader Gurnam Singh, farmers blocked a highway in Mohra by parking their tractors.
Singh said that if government doesn’t accept their demands then they wouid meet in Delhi on 19 June to decide the future course of agitation.
Opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has also supported the agitating farmers. INLD workers burnt the effigy of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Panipat to protest the firing on farmers in Mandsaur.
Similar protests were also reported from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where farmers blocked highways at various locations. In Uttar Pradesh farmers in Moradabad blocked the Agra highway.
Farmers across India have been protesting since the last few weeks demanding loan waiver and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report to ensure profitable prices of crops.