Amid the on-going farmers’ protest and the continuous threats to “intensify” stir, makeshift gyms and massage centres have been opened by protesters at Singhu and Tikri borders.
International NGO Khalsa Aid has established temporary foot massage camps with 25 massagers to provide relief to hundreds of farmers protesting against controversial farm laws at the Singhu border.
Khalsa Aid India’s MD Amanpreet said: “We are at Singhu border and we have taken initiative and set up a facility of foot massage for old farmers as they are protesting for a very long time and they must be tired.”
He also added: “We have set up a 400-bed waterproof tent house and washrooms. Geysers have also been set up.”
Protesting farmers lauded the initiative and nearly 500 farmers reportedly availed the foot massage service on day one.
That’s not all.
Mangi Bagga, the former captain of Indian Kabaddi team, and Aman Hothy, a powerlifter, have also established a gym ka langar at Singhu border for all the sports persons who’ve joined the farmers in solidarity and anyone who wishes to work out, The Hindu reported.
The open gym is equipped with dumbbells, weight plates, a bench, a rod and two holders.
Also, activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) from Barmi and Boparai Kalan villages have started a langar of pizzas for the protesters and enthusiasts at the Singhu border.
To help the farmers brave the cold weather conditions, a huge roti making machine has also been installed at the protest site.
The protesters have so far unanimously rejected the Centre’s written offer of amendments in farm laws and announced a series of plans to escalate their protest. They even stated there will be a full-scale protest across the country by December 14.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has appealed to the protesters to stop their agitation as talks are still going on.
According to a report, Khalsa Aid is suspected to have ties with radical Khalistani terror networks. The NIA had registered a case in 2012 where the allegations were summarised as: “On the allegation that Punjab based BKI operatives are receiving money from UK based BKI operatives and its front organizations, including but not limited to, Sikh Organisation for Prisoner Welfare, Akhand Kirtanee Jattha and Khalsa Aid, to commit terrorist acts in India, with the active support of Pakistan based BKI leaders”.
While reports claim the farmers were “overjoyed” by the NGO’s efforts and welcomed the “genuine” gestures, some are exploring the possibility of diluting agendas which lead towards the incubation of a “hidden” propaganda.