New Delhi: Gunshots were reportedly fired in the air on Sunday night near the farmers’ protest at Delhi’s Singhu border. It is unclear who fired the shots. Eyewitness farmers have reportedly said that they were fired three rounds from a car, and then fled the scene.
According to India Today, police suspect miscreants from Punjab were behind the shooting.
A complaint has been filed at Sonipat police station. Nobody was injured in the incident.
The shooting took place hours before thousands of women farmers gathered at Singhu border to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the Delhi border points – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – for over three months, demanding the repeal of farm laws and a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.
The protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the MSP system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporations.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, around 15,000 women farmers along with college principals, teachers and social workers will join the protest sites at Singhu and Tikri borders, the organisers said.
Women are a big part of the farming community but they don’t get recognised. In fact, they work more than the men. Approximately 10,000 women from different parts of Punjab and Haryana will come to the borders to be part of the women’s day programme, farmer leader Kulwant Singh Sandhu said.
Farmer leader of Krantikari Kisan Union Avtar Singh Mehma also said that stage management at all borders will be done by women on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Those delivering speeches on the stage will also be women, whether they are from a student organisation, a farmer organisation or simply an organisation doing social work, Mehma said.