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Farmers reject allegations they are blocking oxygen transport

Rakesh Tikait
Bharatiya Kisan Union Spokesperson Rakesh Tikait addresses farmers during a protest against the new farm laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi, April 21: Farmers protesting at several Delhi borders Wednesday rejected as “false propaganda” allegations that they were not letting medical oxygen carriers into Delhi, thus putting lives of several COVID-19 patients at risk. BJP MP Parvesh Verma had Tuesday night alleged that transportation of medical use oxygen into Delhi was hampered due to the road blockade caused by protesters.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a representative body of several protesting farmer unions, said on Wednesday they have kept a way open for emergency services since day one of their agitation. “Not a single ambulance or essential goods service has been stopped. It is the government that has put strong and multilayer barricades (nails), not the farmers. Farmers are fighting for human rights and they support every human’s rights,” the morcha said.
“A false propaganda is being spread against farmers that they have blocked the roads and not letting oxygen into Delhi. This is completely false news. Yes, we are protesting but not against COVID-19 patients, corona warriors or common citizens. We are against the government’s discriminatory policy on agriculture,” it added. Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and several other states have been protesting on various borders of Delhi since November last year, seeking a repeal of three farm laws enacted last September.