Ahead of a 'dharna' at Azad Maidan on January 25, thousands of farmers from across Maharashtra made their way to Mumbai on foot on Sunday. The event has been organised to extend support to the ongoing farmers' agitation and demand repeal of the Centre's three new farm laws.

In a statement, the Maharashtra unit of The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) said nearly 15,000 farmers set out from Nashik to Mumbai on Saturday to take part in the joint sit-in at Azad Maidan. While most of these farmers covered the distance on foot, others used tempos and other vehicles.

On Sunday morning, a large number of peasants were seen marching down the Kasara Ghat to head for Mumbai.

Some of the farmers even halted at Ghatandevi near Igatpuri hill town for overnight city and will reach Azad Maidan Monday morning. Meanwhile, several hundred farmers have already reached the Azad Maidan where they have set up camps.

Heeding the call issued by farmers' unions, a total of 100 farmers' outfits under the banner of Sanyukt Shetkari Kamgar Morcha decided to stage a joint sit-in at Azad Maidan in Mumbai from January 25 to January 26.

An event is being organised at Azad Maidan with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray likely to attend. This event will begin at 2 pm Monday.

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