SC to resume hearing on pleas seeking removal of protesters from Delhi borders today

New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court said the government’s negotiations with the protesting farmers have “not worked apparently” and it will form a committee having representatives of both the sides to resolve the deadlock, the top court will resume hearing the petition seeking removal of protesting farmers from the borders.

The farmers have been protesting against the three new farm laws brought by the Centre earlier this year from last 22 days demanding rollback of the new legislation. Due to the massive agitation by the farmer unions, mainly from North Indian states, several key routes, including the Singhu Border (Delhi-Haryana border), Tikri Border, Chilla Border (Delhi-Noida link road) are closed for traffic movement leading to traffic woes across the city.

On Wednesday, Supreme Court had said the Centre’s negotiations with the farmers “have not worked” and also talked about forming a panel with the farmer groups, government officials and other stakeholders to resolve the deadlock. However, farmer groups were not happy with the suggestion. A final verdict on the pleas against the farmer protest is expected today. Supreme Court also said the farmers’ agitation may soon become a national issue unless resolved now. Meanwhile, a Sikh preacher shot himself at the Singhu border protest, leaving behind a suicide note in which he said he has killed himself in solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ protest.

The apex court also allowed the impleadment of eight farmer unions as respondents in the petitions seeking the removal of protestors from Delhi borders. Eight farmers unions include Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU – Rakesh Tikait), Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU – Rakesh Tikait), BKU-Sidhupur (Jagjeet S. Dallewal), BKU-Rajewal (Balbeer Singh Rajewal), BKU-Lakhowal (Harinder Singh Lakhowal), Jamhoori Kisan Sabha (Kulwant Singh Sandhu), BKU-Dakaunda (Buta Singh Burjgill), BKU – Doaba (Manjit Singh Rai) and Kul Hind Kisan Federation (Prem Singh Bhangu).