Ahead of farmers’ tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day, Punjab farmer leaders on Monday said they have deployed volunteers to keep a vigil on rumour-mongers and have also asked protesters not to believe any rumour which could potentially disturb the peaceful march.
Farmers from several parts of Punjab and Haryana on Monday continued to head towards Delhi to join the tractor parade against the Centre’s three new agriculture laws.
With the arrival of more tractors, traffic on the Ambala-Delhi highway slowed down at many stretches.
“We are all set for the tractor parade on Republic Day,” Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said on Monday.
Around 35,000 tractor-trolleys belonging to farmers who owe allegiance to the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) are taking part in the tractor parade, Mr Kokrikalan said.
He said the instructions have been issued to farmers not to believe any rumour that could disturb the parade.
Trained volunteers have been deputed to keep a vigil on rumour-mongers and any unfamiliar person who could disturb the rally, said Mr Kokrikalan, exuding confidence that the parade would be peaceful.
Those who are participating in the parade have also been asked to maintain discipline. “Youngsters have been told to stay in the cavalcade,” Mr Kokrikalan said.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday appealed to farmers to ensure their rally remains peaceful as their stir has been so far.
Notably, the Delhi police on Sunday had said that over 300 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to disrupt the tractor parade.
Protesting farmers will be depicting farmers’ suicide through their tableaux during the tractor parade.
“We will try to highlight several issues including farmers’ suicide,” said BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) leader Shingara Singh Mann.
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