Farmers agitating against the new agriculture laws on Thursday came together to raise their voices against the recent price hike of petrol, diesel, cooking gas and cooking oil, demanding that the rates be halved with immediate effect.
Called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the two-hour-long protest from 10 am to 12 noon, saw farmers in different parts of the country gather on the sides of national and state highways along with their vehicles, in an attempt to draw the government’s attention towards their plight following the fuel and cooking gas price hike.
Today, farmers protested for two hours against the high fuel prices. We want them to be halved immediately. Protestors brought their motorcycles, cars, tractors and other vehicles and held sit-in protests, said farmer leader Lakhbir Singh.
He added that the demonstrations were held peacefully.
While petrol on Wednesday crossed ₹ 100/litre in Delhi and several other cities, diesel is currently priced at ₹ 89.59/litre.
Another farmer leader Avtar Singh Mehma said protests were held not just at the Delhi borders where the farmers’ protest against the three farm laws is underway, but across several state and national highways in the country.
However, it was ensured that the protests did not block traffic on these roads. Protestors brought their motorcycles, cars, tractors and other vehicles and sat on roadsides.
Housewives also came out in large numbers to participate in the agitation with empty gas cylinders, Mr Mehma said.
While it was too soon to zero in on the number of protestors, demonstrations were held at thousands of places in the country , he said.
News Source: NDTV News