Troubling visitor: New challenge for farmers as two police officers at protest site get COVID-19!

In the unanticipated development amid farmers' protests, two Indian Police Service (IPS) officers who were deployed at the Singhu border had on Friday tested positive for the COVID-19 viral infection, which shocked the Delhi police and nation as the Singhu border is where thousands of farmers have been protesting for more than two weeks in demanding the Center to repeal the three controversial farm laws. 

According to Delhi police, Outer North DCP Gaurav and additional DCP Ghanshyam Bansal are the policemen who had confirmed to have contracted the viral infection and both the officers are under home isolation. These two cops were heading the police teams who were stationed at the Singhu border, which has been in the national limelight as farmers had camped their protests at this border between Delhi and Haryana. 

Hundreds of policemen have been deployed at the protest site while thousands of farmers have been agitating against the Central government with their sole motive of repealing the farm bills and they have been protesting for the past 16 days and the unprecedented protests had seen a little space for social distancing and COVID-19 norms, which had made the news of cops testing positive COVID-19 worrying and disturbing. 

The farmers had vowed to intensify the protests and they had planned to unveil their next stage of protests beyond Delhi if the Center fails to meet the demand of abrogating the farm laws. The protesting farmers had said that they will block all the toll gates across the country by December 12 and they will also stage dharna in front of the district collectorates to press the government to come up with the solution of repealing the laws. The farmers had also said that they would be blocking the Jaipur-Delhi Highway and Delhi-Agra expressway on December 12. 

On Thursday, the leaders of the protesting groups had held a meeting to discuss about expanding the agitation following the meeting, the farmers had announced that they had decided to block railway tracks across the nation. Speaking to reporters at the Singhu Border in Delhi, where they have camped their protests for over two weeks, the unions of the protesting farmers said that they will intensify the protests across the nation and they will block the railway tracks if their demands of repealing the farm laws are not met by the government. The farmers said that they will soon announce the date of blocking tracks across the country. They also threatened that they will block all highways leading to the national capital. 

Days after observing Bharat Bandh-a nationwide strike during which several political parties and trade unions had sent their support and solidarity to the protesting farmers in the demands, the reports say that the agitating farmers have also been planning to hold a nationwide protest on December 14. The Center and the farmers had sat down for six rounds of talks so far, however, there has been no amicable resolution between the groups to end the protests. 

Earlier, the farmers had rejected the proposal and vowed that they would intensify their agitation until the Center pay heed to their demand for a complete abrogation of the three farm laws, which the peasants fear that these laws will be menacing their lives and livelihoods and these bills will allow private players on the agricultural fields, which will harm and destroy the grounds of MSP for their produce.