Thousands of farmers are undertaking a protest march in the heart of New Delhi, India, on Friday, demanding the government to fulfill its promise of waiving the farmers’ loans and increasing the minimum support prices of the farmers’ agricultural produce.
The farmers, belonging to over 200 different umbrella organisations from across the country congregated at Ramlila Maidan in central Delhi on Thursday.
They, however, started their protest march on Friday toward the Indian parliament to make their voices heard by the central government.
The protest march is being carried out under the aegis of “All India Farmers Struggle Coordination Committee.’’
“The agitated farmers raised slogans against the government untill past midnight, even as volunteers served them food and tea,’’ local media reports said.
Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure that any untoward incident does not happen during the march.
“As many as 3,500 police personnel have been deployed to manage the crowds,’’ Delhi Police sources said.
The Delhi Police is regularly tweeting about the routes being taken by the farmers and alerting the commuters to avoid the particular roads taken by protesters.