Ex-Armyman who fought in Kargil now 'commander' of Republic Day tractor parade
| Monday | 25th January, 2021
At Chilla border, former Armyman Ramnath Singh Sikarwar, who had fought in the Kargil war, is gearing up for another "battle". Retired and now a social activist, he is focused on farmers` rights and busy training youngsters for the Republic Day tractor parade in Delhi.
At Chilla border, former Armyman Ramnath Singh Sikarwar, who had fought in the Kargil war, is gearing up for another "battle". Retired and now a social activist, he is focused on farmers` rights and busy training youngsters for the Republic Day tractor parade in Delhi. Sikarwar, 53, a former radar technician with the Army, is one of the parade commanders and has constituted six quick response teams (QRT) of six men each to combat tear gas shells and water cannons, if any, on January 26.
In true military style, each QRT team has been assigned "code words". And the QRT will act on “secret signals” of the parade commander. Bhanu Pratap Singh, national president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) said, “We have directed all the workers from across UP and other states to report at Chilla border by Monday evening. The parade responsibility at Chilla border has been assigned to ex-Armyman Ramnath Singh Sikarwar. He is training the farmers now." The Centre has failed to understand the discontent among farmers, Sikarwar said. "We will hold a historic parade in Delhi. Farmers are being trained to maintain discipline and run a smooth show. Thousands will march on one side of the road and tractors will move in long queues on the other. Specific tasks have been assigned to a team of 25 young farmers. I will lead the parade with other senior members on tractors. We`ll give specific instructions from loudspeakers."
"Leaving nothing to chance, we have constituted six QRTs as well.
In case of tear gas shells by police on us, they will shield them with wet sacks. If water cannons are used, QRTs will cordon the police vehicles from all sides and protect the farmers. The aim is to ensure that the elderly and women do not suffer any difficulties," he said. "All the QRT teams and young agitators have been strictly told to maintain patience during the journey. A special team has been constituted to look out for any troublemakers," he added.
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