Brothers from Punjab repair farmers’ tractors, serve langer at protest sites to prolong agitation

Thousands of farmers from Punjab and other states have set up camps at Delhi’s border points, including Singhu border where tractors and trolleys have been converted into makeshift tents for this purpose.

Amid the impenetrable blockade staged by security forces to halt the ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march, two brothers from Punjab have decided to extend their support to the protestors any way they can.

Rantir Singh, a mechanic by profession from Punjab’s Barnala district, has been camping at Delhi’s Singhu border along with the protesting farmers for the last seven days. Apart from fixing cars and tractors free of cost, Singh has also been serving sugarcane juice to the doctors attending to farmers at the protest site.

“My brother, Jaswant Singh, is camping at the Tikri border and doing the same. He too is a mechanic,” Rantir Singh told news agency PTI.

Farmers preparing food at Singhu border in Delhi on Wednesday (Photo Credits: PTI)

Asked about why he does not charge the protestors for repairs, Singh, who has been working as a mechanic since he was 14, says it is “sewa” (service). He goes on to add, “I have already fixed 30 to 35 tractors of the farmers here at Singhu border. This is ‘sewa’ for which, we do not charge anything. I have also repaired two to three cars.”

Singh told PTI that he has fixed a loudspeaker on his tractor. He uses it to make regular announcements at the protest site at Singhu border, asking anyone whose vehicle is in need of repair, to approach him.

“I woke up at 4 am to help prepare ‘langer’ and then distributed to people. Later, I served sugarcane juice to doctors. I have come here along with farmers as I am also a farmer’s son. We will not leave till our demands are accepted by the central government,” Rantir Singh said.

The ongoing farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s three new farm laws reached a crucial milestone as a delegation of 40 representatives met with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Vidhan Bhawan in Delhi on Thursday. December 5 has been decided as the date for the next such meeting where farmers will discuss their demands with the central government.

(With inputs from PTI)

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