Gunshots fired near farmers’ protest site at Singhu border ahead of women protestors’ gathering
As the farmers’ protests progressed through their 100th day, sources claimed that an unidentified group fired gunshots on the night of March 7 near the Singhu border on the Haryana side. The incident happened followed the langar organised by the farmers.
The protestors claimed that around four men came in a car and immediately fled after firing three rounds in the air. However, no one was injured and Haryana police rushed to the spot and started a probe. The officials claimed that the attackers arrived in a Punjab-registered car. The incident took place hours before hundreds of women farmers took part in several activities, which included tractor marches to celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday
As a part of intensifying their agitation, women protesters of the farmers’ movement will join the larger group to exhibit their strength. Earlier, farmer leaders said that they made elaborate arrangements to celebrate International Women’s Day to acknowledge the irreplaceable role of women in agriculture and life. Nearly 40,000 women from various parts of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh gathered at Delhi protest sites including Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders.
General Secretary BKU (Ugrahan) Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan had earlier said, “Bhartiya Kisan Union [Ugrahan] has arranged 500 buses, 600 minibuses, 115 trucks, besides 200 small vehicles to carry the women. These vehicles have left for Delhi. These women protesters will celebrate International women’s Day and go back [to their towns] the next day.”
Since November 26, 2020, thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been protesting at the Delhi borders demanding the repeal of three farm laws passed by the Parliament last September.