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More than 254 farmers died during farm-laws protest in Delhi, claims Kisan Ekta Morcha

The farmers’ group is now asking the government to release farmers who have been detained by the police and guarantee Minimum Support price coverage to all 23 crops grown in states across the country.

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The farmer union body Kisan Ekta Morcha on Monday (February 22) slammed the BJP-led government in the Centre, calling it ‘negligent’ towards the plight of the farmers. In a tweet, it said that in past 89 days, more than 254 farmers have lost their lives during the protest. “In 89 days of farmers’ protest over 254 farmers have lost their precious lives. Why is govt. becoming negligent in this situation?” Kisan Ekta Morcha said.

The farmer group is now asking the government to release farmers who have been detained by the police following the clashes in Delhi on Republic day and guarantee Minimum Support price coverage to all 23 crops grown in states across the country. The Kisan Ekta Morcha on Sunday (Feb 21) said, “Farmers Now Strongly Pitched for Legal Guarantee to Procurement at MSP of all 23 crops in all states.”

After January 26 violence, Twitter had suspended Kisan Ekta Morcha’s handle after the Indian government requested to suspend a bunch of Twitter handles to prevent any escalation of law and order situation during the farmers’ agitation, as per ANI reports.

Following this, on February 1, Twitter finally restored the accounts of several publications like Caravan and Kisan Ekta Morcha. As per reports, some 250 Twitter accounts were suspended after the Ministry of Home affairs and enforcement agencies reportedly requested micro-blogging website to block who were circulating ‘fake’ news.

“Ministry of Electronics and IT directed Twitter to block around 250 tweets/Twitter accounts which were using #ModiPlanningFarmerGenocide hashtag and making fake, intimidatory and provocative tweets on January 30,” the news agency ANI had said in a tweet.

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On Sunday (Feb 21), Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, invited farm leaders for a meeting to discuss their issues. After a meeting with farmer leaders from Westen Uttar Pradesh at Vidhan Sabha on Sunday (Feb 21), Arvind Kejriwal called the Centre’s new farm laws ‘death warrant for farmers’ and said these laws will lead farming under the control of ‘a few corporates’.

“A detailed discussion took place with farmers from Western Uttar Pradesh over the three black laws. These laws are like a death warrant for farmers. If these laws are implemented, farming will go into the hands of a few corporates,” the Chief Minister said while briefing reporters on Sunday (Feb 21).

“On February 28, a grand ‘Kisan Panchayat’ is going to take place in Meerut where these laws will be discussed and an appeal will be made to the Government of India to take back these laws,” added Kejriwal.

Farmers have been protesting at the different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020, against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

(with inputs from ANI)

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