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Protesting farmers reject allegations about blocking oxygen transport to Delhi

BJP MP Parvesh Verma Tuesday night alleged that transportation of medical use oxygen into Delhi was hampered due to the road blockade caused by protesters.

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New Delhi: 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.

Making the allegations, Verma had tweeted last night, “I spoke to hospitals. I was told that only few hours of oxygen supply is left and due to road blockade by protesters at Ghazipur border, the transportation of oxygen is getting difficult. The protesters must open the road,” he had tweeted.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Tuesday urged the Centre “with folded hands” to provide medical oxygen to Delhi. His deputy Manish Sisodia had said there will be chaos in the city if the stocks are not replenished by Wednesday morning.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had also sent an SOS to Union minister Piyush Goyal at 10:20 pm, saying “oxygen at GTB Hospital may not last beyond 4 hrs”.

Some major government and private hospitals in Delhi received fresh stock of medical oxygen in the early hours of Wednesday, averting a crisis just in time, according to officials.

A record 28,395 coronavirus cases and 277 deaths marked the aggravation of the pandemic situation in Delhi on Tuesday as the positivity rate shot up to 32.82 per cent — meaning every third sample came out positive — amid a “serious oxygen crisis” unfolding in the city.

Also read: 22 Covid patients dead after leakage in oxygen supply tank at Nashik hospital


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  1. There is corona
    No protest no blockades if they dont disperse send army with tanks and see they do
    We need anational emergency
    This has been going on for long

  2. First of all these are not farmers, please stop calling them farmers. There should be media ethics in place. How blatantly one can work for the impediment of a country where you earn your bread, which gave you birth. Call these people protestors if you want to sound politically correct. And if want to be accurate call them foreign agents.

  3. It would be great if instead of simply printing allegations and the responses to allegations, a news source actually did some research and delivered the facts. The Print is simply the latest in a long line of Indian English-language media that chases clicks over informing their readers. Shekhar Gupta is a joke.

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