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NEW DELHI: Tens of 1000’s of police had been deployed throughout India on Saturday in a bid to smother new protests by farmers preventing authorities agriculture reforms.

Ten metro stations had been closed in central New Delhi — the place a tractor rally final month become a violent rampage — and 1000’s of police manned barricades and roadblocks at key intersections.

Farmers unions referred to as for protest roadblocks throughout the nation within the newest day of motion.

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A serious police deployment was ordered in the important thing farm state of Uttar Pradesh, which is a standard pro-government bastion. Farmers teams suspended their motion within the state to keep away from a confrontation.

Tens of 1000’s of farmers have been tenting on the outskirts of Delhi since November calling for a repeal of the reforms that release farm produce markets.

The farmers say the modifications imply the essential agriculture trade will probably be taken over by main conglomerates.

Whereas the authorities have elevated strain on the Delhi protest camps — slicing web and water provides — the farmers have vowed to maintain their marketing campaign going for months extra.

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Rakesh Tikait, one of many senior farmers’ leaders, stated Saturday that the protests would go on till the October 2 one-year anniversary of the launch of their marketing campaign until the federal government repealed the brand new legal guidelines.

He informed the Indian Categorical newspaper that 1000’s extra farmers wished to come back to Delhi to affix the protests and wouldn’t be deterred by barbed wire fences put across the camps.

“They can put nails on the ground; we will put soil over it and grow flowers. We aren’t scared of the barricading or high security.

“We do not suppose police will seal the world. In the event that they do, there are protesters right here who can break by way of all of the barricades,” he stated.

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