After widespread outrage and over a year of protests, the Central government finally repealed the three farm laws on November 19. Addressing the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologised to the countrymen and announced the big decision to repeal all three agricultural reform laws.
“I apologise to India and with a true and pure heart that may be… we were not able to convince farmers [over the farm laws]. I’m here to declare that we have decided to repeal the three farm laws…We will complete all the formalities during the Parliament session that begins this month,” PM Modi said.
Violent protests on Republic Day
Soon after announcing the three farm laws, the PM Modi-led central government drew the ire of farmers from across the nation with protests turning violent on Republic Day.
The farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day in New Delhi that was meant to be peaceful and a platform to express their demands, took a violent turn as a section of protesters broke through police barricades and entered parts of the national capital not permitted for their protest. The path taken by this section reportedly deviated from the route that farmers’ unions had agreed upon in their talks with the Delhi Police.
Soon, there were clashes between the protesters and cops, during which several people were injured and vehicles overturned. The police resorted to lathicharge and fired teargas shells to disperse the protestors but to little avail. The protestors continued breaking through police barricades and several of them stormed into the Red Fort, waved and hoisted their flags from its ramparts.
Lakhimpur Kheri horror
Tension and agitation gripped Uttar Pradesh when four farmers were killed and several others injured on October 3. Four farmers were mowed down by an SUV in Lakhimpur Kheri when a group agitating against the Centre’s three new farm laws was holding a demonstration against the visit of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on October 3. A journalist was also killed in the incident. In the violence that ensued, four more lives had been lost the same day. Union minister Ajay Misra’s son Ajay Misra is the prime accused in the case.
Singhu border lynching
On October 15, a horrific video of a Dalit man being lynched to death came to light. The mutilated body of Lakhbir Singh was found near a farmers’ protest site at Kundli in Haryana’s Sonipat district. One of his hands and legs were chopped off, and he was tied to a metal barricade when the locals first spotted him.
Two members of the Nihang order were arrested and two more “surrendered” before Sonipat Police in connection with the lynching incident.
Another gut-wrenching incident was reported on November 10 when a farmer, who was protesting against the three agricultural laws at the Singhu border, was found dead. The deceased has been identified as Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Rurki village in Amloh tehsil of Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib district