Islamabad-The protest of farmers, under banner of Kissan Ittehad for acceptance of their demands, entered the second day on Thursday.

The main demands of the protesting farmers include decrease in utility bills, taxes and urea price.

The farmers said they would not call off their agitation (sit-in) till their demands were met by the government.

Meanwhile, the district administration and police reiterated that the protestors would not be allowed to proceed towards Red Zone at any cost and strict action would be taken against those found involved in taking law into hands.

Islamabad Police also devised a traffic plan by erecting diversions to ease the vehicle rush and to facilitate the road users, according to a police spokesman.

Reportedly, talks between representatives of Kissan Ittehad and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah could not be held.

According to details, tens of hundreds of farmers, following the call of Kissan Ittehad, were agitating against the increase in utility bills, taxes and urea price. They had staged a sit-in at Jinnah Avenue for last two days.

Mess of the farmers on capital’s main artery has doubled miseries of citizens as many roads have been closed triggering huge traffic rush in twin cities.

Talking to media men, Kissan Ittehad President Sheikhupura Region representatives said that the government has not yet sent any delegation to negotiate with them and only local administration approached them to negotiate for providing a place for the sit-in.

He said that the government has raised the price of electricity, diesel, urea, phosphorus and other instruments and inflation is killing families of farmers. He said a farmer had to spend Rs 5000 for cultivation per acre but now this price went up to Rs 30000 that too happened because of erroneous policies of government.

He said that rate of bag of phosphorus had increased upto Rs 30000 from Rs 4000 and in this condition farmers can’t cultivate corps.

He threatened to march toward Parliament House if their demands were not fulfilled.

Many other farmers said that government needed to compensate for the damages caused by the recent rains. The protestors vowed to continue their protest till the fulfilment of their demands.

On the other hand, Islamabad police, following the orders of IG Islamabad Dr Akbar Nasir Khan, has beefed up security of capital as well as the Red Zone to stop the farmers from marching towards Parliament Lodges.

“We will not allow any protestor to step in at Red Zone,” said a police a spokesman. He added that the protestors are equipped with sticks and other weapons and the police and district administration tried to negotiate with the representatives of Kissan Ittehad last night but in vain.

Police are fully prepared to secure Red Zone and action would be taken as per law to disperse the protestors as last option. He urged the protestors to cooperate with police to maintain law and order.

Earlier, police had partially sealed the Red Zone after farmers from Punjab started reaching F-9 Park to protest against the increase in utility bills, taxes and urea price.

All entry points of the Red Zone, except Margalla Road and Khayaban-i-Suhrawardi, were sealed with containers and barbed wires, the officials said.

Besides, well-equipped contingent of police was deployed there as well as at the two open points, with directives that only officials and people who either lived in the area or worked there would be allowed to enter.

Similarly, Islamabad Capital Traffic Police had placed diversion at many places due to Kissan rally. 

According to SSP Traffic Syed Mustafa Tanvir, a diversion was placed from Zero Point to Faisal Chowk at Faisal Avenue. Alternatively, 9th Avenue and 7th Avenue can be used by the road users. 

Jinnah Avenue under the flyover Khayaban Chowk will be blocked for all sides. While, the traffic continued on the flyover at Jinnah Avenue.

He said a diversion placed for both sides of traffic at Ayub Chowk, Express Chowk and NADRA Chowk.

Alternatively, Margallah Road and Serena Chowk can be used.

All other roads of Islamabad are open for traffic, he said.