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Farmers’ protests at Singhu border: Supreme Court refuses to hear plea against blocking of roads

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  • Farmers have been camping at Singhu border since last November in protest of farm laws

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refuses to hear a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by residents of Sonipat in Haryana against the blocking of Singhu border by farmers protesting farm laws. The apex court has asked the petitioners to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court, saying the HC is competent to handle the matter.

Farmers protesting against the three controversial farm laws have been camping at different points on Delhi borders since last November.

Residents in Sonipat in Haryana, who have to commute to Delhi daily for work, claim that they have been facing lot of inconvenience because of blocking of roads by the farmers including at Singhu border. Residents of around 20 villages had held a ‘mahapanchayat’ in Sonipat demanding that the protesting farmers clear one side of the road to allow traffic movement.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting against the farm laws, demanding that they be repealed completely. They have called the laws ‘anti-farmer’.

The matter was taken up by the Opposition in the recently concluded monsoon session of the Parliament, where they had demanded discussion on the laws as well as other important issues. Both Houses of the Parliament had witnessed major disruptions on account of heavy protesting and sloganeering by the Opposition as the leaders pressed for their demands.

 

 

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