Farmers rally in Delhi LIVE updates: The Delhi Police justified action against protesting farmers. In a statement, it said, "Despite persuasive methods requesting them to wait till outcome of talks of their leaders with the government, a section of crowd turned violent and tried to break barricades forcefully through tractor-trolleys and were also carrying lathis."
BKU has said that the prortests will continue until all nine demands are accepted by the government.
"Farmers aren't terrorists or Naxals, they're coming with demands. Don't they have right to do that? SS Chouhan government killed farmers in Mandsaur, today they're about to lose Madhya Pradesh. Warning Modi ji if injustice with farmers continue, he'll lose Delhi, says R Shetty of Swabhimani Sattkar Sanghatana.
Akash Tyagi, a native of Meerut who lives in Delhi, is among the protestors being held back at UP Gate. He is incensed that this government has made 'jawans' and 'kisans' confront each other in this manner, calling it worse than the colonial government.
"This to happen on 2 October is the worst misfortune. The same state of the injured farmers who have been taken away in ambulances will be inflicted on this government by the farmers in 2019," he says. "Modi and Yogi, understand this and save yourself."
Suresh Rana, Chaudhary Laxmi Narayan Singh and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat are about to go meet protestors at UP Gate. Farmers had submitted nine demands, out which the government has agreed on seven. The demands regarding implementing the Swaminathan Commission and complete loan waiver have not been accepted.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the farmers' leaders and discussed their demands and have reached an agreement on the majority of the issues. According to reports, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders will join the farmers protest soon.
"Farmers' leaders, UP ministers Laxmi Narayan ji, Suresh Rana ji and I will go to meet farmers now," says MoS agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
According to eyewitnesses, over 30 farmers have been injured in the police lathicharge on Tuesday morning, though the police have said only 10 persons had sustained injuries. The injured have been taken in ambulances to private hospitals nearby, particularly Sarvodaya Hospital and Shanti Doot Hospital.
Narendra Modi government is anti-farmers, said CPM's Sitaram Yechury. "It reconfirms the fact that Modi govt is anti-farmers. Instead of providing relief to farmers they are exasperating the crisis further forcing farmers to be under debt burden&distress suicides. We haven't seen such an agrarian distress in India since independence."
Attacking the Narendra Modi government over not allowing farmers inside Delhi, Congress said that it was shameful that this was happening on Gandhi Jayanti. "On birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Modi government has shown that it is no different from the pre-independence British government in India.British government used to exploit the farmers then and today Modi govt is firing tear gas shells at farmers," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
A video of an old farmer asking a police officer, "Are we terrorist", has gone viral on the internet. Delhi police earlier on Tuesday barricaded the UP-Delhi border and did not allow the protesting farmers to enter Delhi. Several politicians have cried foul at the government's attempts to keep farmers outside on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.
Blaming the Narendra Modi government, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said that the government has not fulfilled the promises it made to farmers. Addressing the media over protesting farmers not being allowed to enter Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "Farmers should be allowed to enter Delhi. Why are they not being allowed to enter Delhi? This is wrong. We are with the farmers."
According to latest reports, the Delhi-UP border was barricaded by the police and a non-violent protest of farmers turned violent when the police charged the farmers with water cannons and tear gas. TV reports said that one farmer has been injured after the police lathicharged the group of protesters.
A massive farmers' march from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab is reached Delhi through Ghaziabad on Tuesday. The police, to curb traffic problems in the city, have set up barricades around Delhi's borders and imposed prohibitory orders across some parts to halt the march.
The farmers, affiliated to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), began the 'Kisan Kranti Yatra' on 23 September from Haridwar and were headed towards the national capital with a charter of demands. The march is being led by Naresh Tikait who is the president of the BKU and Rakesh Tikait.
However, the Delhi Police is trying to stop the massive congregation of farmers from entering the state. It barricaded all borders of the National Capital and stopped protesters outside Delhi borders.
The protesters are proceeding towards Delhi with hundreds of tractor-trolleys and private vehicles, according to the order by the DCP (East).
They may also be carrying sticks/lathis/cans and possibility of them turning unruly cannot be ruled out on slightest provocation, it said. "The yatra, thus has potential of disruption of traffic and creating law and order problems. Hence, it is essential to maintain law and order and peace in the national capital territory of Delhi with intent to avoid any inconvenience to general public," said the order.
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Oct 02, 2018 19:09:28 IST