In the evening, after farmer union leaders from Maharashtra, Haryana and Rajasthan finished their speeches, the task of setting up tents for the 1,000-plus protesters from Maharashtra began. "It will be a long night, a long journey," said 75-year-old Baldev Singh from Sri Ganganagar.
Earlier, the men were staying at a lodge near Singhu. On Thursday morning, they moved to the trolleys of farmers from Punjab’s Moga. “We are able to communicate with each other via Google Translate,” said P Balaji (26). His parents are farmers in Tamil Nadu and they grow sugarcane and rice.
On Wednesday morning, when he heard about ‘Kisan Mall’ being opened up by Khalsa Aid India, an NGO, at Tikri border, where he has been camping since November 25, he immediately asked if they have any socks.
In September 2017, following the deaths of 63 children at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and hospital, allegedly due to oxygen supply shortage, Khan -- who was in-charge of the ward -- was suspended, and then arrested.
Apart from this, there are 11 toilets at the Guru Teg Bahadur Memorial nearby, frequented by protesters who are staying inside the premises as well as those who take shelter in their trolleys and tractors.
“Judaange, Ladaange, Jeetange!” is the page-one headline of the first issue of the bi-weekly newsletter, which has photographs, cartoons, poems, news reports and opinion pieces written by union leaders and protesting farmers. Of the four pages, one is in Hindi.
According to the police, Chandni's brothers Sunil (32), Sushil (28) and Sudhir (26) met her in Delhi on November 17 and took her back home to Mainpuri. On November 20, she was shot dead, allegedly by her brothers, who then buried the body in the farm, the police said.
Bharat Bandh today: A senior police officer from New Delhi district told The Indian Express, “There will be deployment at Jantar Mantar, Vijay Chowk, India Gate, the Agriculture Minister’s residence, Krishi Bhawan, offices of all political parties.”
Amid a surge in Covid cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the permission to allow 200 people at weddings has been withdrawn, and that only 50 people will be allowed from now on, pending the L-G’s approval.
The order mentioned a Delhi High Court observation during the bail hearing of a man in September: "though acceptance of allurement is not justified but at the same time, allurement advanced for extortion of money is also not acceptable."
DCP (Rohini) PK Mishra said, "His statement was recorded at the hospital. He said he purchased the mobile about a month ago from a store near his house in Prahladpur. He gave it to his niece, a school student, for her online classes. After a brief period, the phone malfunctioned."
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) RP Meena said, "Amit Arora, who has a transport business, was on his way from a party with his wife and their two friends when he stopped to relieve himself near IP Park in Sarai Kale Khan around 1.15-1.20 am.
A case under sections of The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, and IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 337 (causing hurt by endangering life) has been registered at Adarsh Nagar police station.
"This means for Delhi students there is only 50 per cent capacity. Two people are fighting for every seat. There is a need to open many universities and colleges in Delhi. We (Delhi government) are ready to make the investment, open colleges but there is a big legal hurdle in front of us," he said.