Farmers protest: Delhi Police stop the sportspersons who were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhavan to return their awards to the President in a protest against the new farm laws 2020. Meanwhile, wrestler Kartar Singh said that "30 sportspersons from Punjab and some others want to return their award."
Former sportspersons, including Arjuna awardee and Padma Shri wrestler Kartar Singh, Arjuna awardee hockey player Rajbir Kaur and Arjuna awardee basketball player Sajjan Singh Cheema, had stood in support for the farmers.
Kartar Singh had said that the former sportspersons will go to Delhi and join the farmers protest.
Adding, he had said that “The farmers provide food to us, and water cannons and teargas is not what they deserve in return.”
On Sunday, boxer Vijender Singh announced to return the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
He said that “I’d received training in Punjab and had their ‘roti’. Today when they’re here in cold, I’ve come as their brother. Other athletes from Haryana wanted to come but they have govt jobs & would’ve been in trouble. They say they’re with farmers.”
The farmers have called for a nationwide shutdown on December 8 in a protest against the farm laws 2020.
The farmers’ have been protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.