The Samyukta Kisan Morcha alleged on Saturday that a fire broke out in a tent near Delhi’s Singhu border, where farmers were protesting the Centre’s three agri laws.
A protester, Sukhwinder Singh, said the altercation occurred around 10 a.m. near an under-construction overpass where the tent was constructed.
However, neither the police nor the fire department issued an official statement about the accident. According to the Morcha, which is leading the agitation, the tent was totally burned.
A man was also injured while attempting to put out the fire. According to the SKM, the incident occurred after a cylinder caught fire.
When the fire started, there were about 10 to 12 people inside the tent. Five cellphones, 20 mattresses, 20 chairs, and dry rations were burned, according to the report, which also stated that the it was put out by a Kundali fire tender.
A man named Rajwant Singh was wounded in the incident, according to Dilpreet Singh, a local of Punjab’s Patiala district who is participating in the protest.
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“The fire broke out when we were making tea. Rajwant was injured while dousing it. There were 12 to 13 people in the tent. We will make our new tent tomorrow,” Dilpreet said.
Since November, thousands of farmers have camped at Delh’s border points of Ghazipur, Singhu, and Tikri, urging that the Centre revoke the three controversial farm laws and replace them with a new one that ensures legal protection for the MSP.
The three farm laws, which were enacted in September, are expected to be major reforms in the agricultural sector, removing middlemen and allowing farmers to sell their crop anywhere in the country.
Protesting farmers, but at the other hand, are concerned that the new regulations will open the path for the elimination of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) safety net and the elimination of the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.
The Indian farmers’ protest of 2020–2021 is a continuous protest against three farm acts passed by India’s Parliament in September 2020. Farmer unions and their members have asked that the laws be abolished and have indicated that a settlement will not be accepted.
The fire incident could become a major and serious accident but there needs to be an adjustment among the two sides. On the 3rd of February, farmer leaders warned that if the farm laws were not repealed, the protests would escalate to the point of overthrowing the government. The stay orders on the farm laws’ implementation, however, remains in effect as of January 29, and the Supreme Court-appointed committee is continuing its work on the farm laws and has requested for public input before February 20, 2021.