SKM condemns arrest of environmentalist : The Tribune India

SKM condemns arrest of environmentalist : The Tribune India

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Tribune News Service

Sonepat, February 15

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) today condemned the arrest of young environment activist Disha Ravi and demanded her release. The SKM also showed anger over the ‘misuse’ of police power by the government in its efforts to weaken the farmers’ agitation.

Farmer leaders held formal discussions at the ‘kisan andolan office’ in Kundli to intensify the farmers’ protest and mobilise more people in their support.

The SKM said India’s young environmentalists understood and appreciated that unviable farming led to unsustainable farming.

It was not surprising that farmers ended up adopting desperate and unsustainable practices to make ends meet when farming got riskier due to increasingly adverse markets, which was compounded by climate change, said farmer leader Darshan Pal.

He said legal guarantee of MSP for all crops would help farmers diversify and pave the way for a lasting solution to straw burning, which was linked to soil degradation, air pollution and health risks.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana protested against the three farm laws. Some farmer leaders went from trolley to trolley for the second consecutive day to mobilise the protesting farmers.

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