Farmer leader, Gurbachan Singh, told local media:
"The way the Prime Minister Modi's government has shut its eyes to our movement for the last six months and doesn't want to withdraw the black laws, is fishy. To register our anger against that, we are putting up black flags on our houses, shops, tractors, and other vehicles."
Indian government leaders had appealed to farmers to call off the mass protest for fear it could prove a viral "super-spreader" event as the country's overall death toll from COVID-19 crossed 300,000 on Monday (May 24).
Over a third have died over the past three weeks during a devastating second wave fuelled by a new virus variant detected in India, mass political and religious gatherings, and lowering of the guard by the public, health officials and experts say.