Haryana's Jind: At a massive gathering for farmers' "Mahapanchayat" in Haryana's Jind, a stage collapsed this afternoon.
Rakesh Tikait, leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Arajnaitik), Farmer leader Balbir Rajewal and other farmer leaders, who were standing on the stage, also fell down when the stage went crashing. There are no reports of any injuries.
A video of the stage collapsing showed Mr. Tikait and others being taken down as the stage crashed just as he was about to address the gathering. People who were sitting on the ground, listening to the people on the stage, jumped up in shock and horror.
The "Mahapanchayat" has been organized by the Haryana khap, a self-appointed village court, where Rakesh Tikait and several other leaders of various farmer unions were addressing the gathering.
Farmers have been protesting at Delhi borders. Despite 11 rounds of meeting between the protesting farmers and the Centre, no conclusion has come out so far. No date has been fixed for the next meeting.
The farmers have been protesting against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.