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Kisan Kranti Yatra updates: Delhi Police justifies action against farmers, says they used 'minimum required force'
  • 18:24 (IST)

    Delhi Police issues statement on action against protesting farmers

    Justifying the use of water cannons and lathis against protestors on Tuesday, the Delhi Police said in a statement, "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."

  • 18:18 (IST)

    7 cops injured during farmers' protest on Delhi-UP border, say police
     
    Seven policemen, including an assistant commissioner of police, were injured on Tuesday during the protest by farmers on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, Delhi Police said.
     
    Police said a section of crowd suddenly turned violent as police tried to persuade the protesters, who were participating in the Bharatiya Kisan Union march, not to break the barricades.
     
    Police said they used 20 tear gas shells and water cannons to manage the crowd, adding it was "minimum required force".
     
    PTI
     

  • 17:57 (IST)

    Mayawati slams BJP over police action 

    The Bahujan Samaj Party Supremo, Mayawati, has condemned the police action of farmers who were trying to reach the national capital to protest. She said that the BJP should be ready to face the consequences. 

    Input by Saurabh Sharma/101Reporters.

  • 17:49 (IST)

    CPI condemns police action against agitating farmers
     
    The Communist Party of India (CPI) condemned the police action against the agitating farmers.
     
    "The farmers who were on a peaceful march towards the national capital under the banner of BKU raising their genuine demands including waiver of loans were stopped by police at the border and beaten up on a day when the nation is celebrating the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi," the party said in a statement.
     
    PTI

  • 17:25 (IST)

    Chappal hurled at BKU leaders

    A chappal was hurled at the BKU leaders gathered to address the farmers at UP Gate. UP's Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Cane Development and Sugar Mills, Suresh Rana, was also on stage in the second row.

    Input by Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 17:18 (IST)

    Thefts being reported from protest site

    Dheeraj Rathi from Barut, UP is one the farmers at UP Gate whose Oppo phone was stolen during the chaos of the day.

    At least 10 other farmers have reported the same. A police official has asked them to write their name and numbers on a sheet of paper and submit it to them.

    Input by Rahul Satija\101Reporters

  • 17:13 (IST)

    Govt tries assuring protesting farmers

    As thousands of farmers tried to enter the national capital in a massive protest march, the government announced that a committee of chief ministers will look into their demands, even as the protesters stayed put saying they were not "satisfied" with the assurance.

    After meeting the protesting farmers at the Delhi-UP border in Ghaziabad, Union minister of state for agriculture Rajendra Singh Shekhawat said the government was assuring the farmers to take forward their cause.

    "I assure you all this. We will move court over the NGT order (to ban tractor and vehicles which are more than 10 years old)," he said.

    On another problem faced by the farmers about farm labour, the minister said the government would look at bringing in some changes to the minimum wage rules for rural areas to solve this problem.

    "The government has formed a committee of six chief ministers to look into this issue of labour for farm. The committee is in talks to connect MNREGA with agriculture," Shekhawat added. 

    "On behalf of (Union Home Minister) Rajnath Singh, I assure you that I will represent the farmers' interests in this committee and whatever changes would be required to link MNREGA with agriculture will be made," Shekhawat told the farmers.

    The protesting farmers, however, decided to stay put at the Delhi border, where they have been stopped by the police from entering the national capital. — PTI

  • 16:45 (IST)

    NGT decision to also be challanged in Supreme Court: News18

  • 16:43 (IST)

    Farmers 'reach agreement' but no concord on Swaminathan Commission

    Police picketed the border with Uttar Pradesh, imposing prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people and holding of any public meeting, usage of any amplifier, loudspeaker, and similar instruments. The Kisan Kranti Yatra, which began from Tikait Ghat in Haridwar on 23 September, was joined by farmers from various parts of Uttar Pradesh.

    Click here to read the full report.

  • 16:31 (IST)

    These are the seven demands from BKU which government has accepted:

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 16:27 (IST)

    Govt did not clear its stand on the main issue: BKU spokesperson

    "Government didn't clear its stand on the main issue of the farmers — C2+50. That is why the farmers are dissatisfied. It didn't clear its stand even on the other main issue of loan waiver. They said they will discuss it in detail," ANI quoted BKU spokesperson as saying.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Loud jeers from the UP Gate gathering when farmers are told about govt's proposals

    When farmers gathered at UP Gate are told about the government's proposal, there are loud jeers.

    The crowd appears to be dissatisfied with the deal and frustrated farmers are seen preparing to leave. BKU leaders have said they will deliberate on whether they will be accepting the government's proposal.

    Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 16:19 (IST)

    Ghaziabad DM reaches UP Gate

    Input by Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Farmers camping near UP Gate ask Rajnath Singh to send food and water

    Farmers who have been camping near UP Gate in Ghazipur asked Rajnath Singh to send some food and water their way. We bought some food from home, but that's over and we are having to pay Rs 30 for a bottle of water and Rs 100 for a 'thali', one farmer said.

    Earlier in the day, a tanker of water had apparently arrived but that was not enough for everyone there.

    "The government hasn't made any arrangements for us here. But we are determined to stay here until they allow us to complete our march at Kisan Ghat," they said.

    We are farmers, we are used to difficulties, one of them said. "We have come walking 200 kms peacefully; we haven't hurt anyone, or damaged any public property…why are we being stopped here?"

    Another farmer asked: when netas from Delhi come to UP to take out their rallies, why can't we farmers be allowed into Delhi to take out our rally?

    Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 16:06 (IST)

    Centre to challenge ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles

    Centre has agreed to seven out of the nine demands of the protesting farmers, according to CNN-News18.

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Visuals froms the CWC meeting in Wardha earlier

  • 15:17 (IST)

    RLD blocks highway near Muzaffarnagar, protests against police action

    Rashtriya Lok Dal workers blocked NH-58 near Muzaffarnagar, condemning police action against farmers on Tuesday morning. Their leader Ajit Singh is at the UP Gate to show solidarity with farmers

    They blocked the highway with their bikes and tractors and raised anti-BJP slogans.

    Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 15:10 (IST)

    'MSP announced by the Centre has been of no use to farmers'

    Speaking outside Rajnath Singh's home, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha's vice president G T Ramaswami said that they have put forth certain demands before the central government. The Minister of State for Agriculture and other ministers will now go to the protest venue to make certain announcements to the farmers gathered there. “We will decide on further action after hearing what they have to say.”

    He also went on to say that the MSP announced by the Centre has been of no use to farmers because no one comes forward to purchase at MSP. "Farmers are forced to sell at lowers prices are there is no penalty against those who buy below MSP. We want the legality of this addressed. The Centre says they will instruct state governments to increase their procurement but this never works out. In the case of Karnataka, we have a different party in power in the state who are not particularly keen to carrying out Centre's orders. We are happy if either the Centre or the state procures the crops, paying, at least, half immediately and the rest later, he says.

    Kuldeep Singh/101Reporters

  • 15:02 (IST)

    Modi might lose Delhi if injustice against farmers continue

    "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.

  • 14:49 (IST)

    JUST IN: Congress passes resolution criticising police action on farmers

    The Hindu reported that the Congress Working Committee passes a resolution criticising the police action on farmers, especially on a day that is celebrated as non violence day 

  • 14:45 (IST)

    Modi and Yogi, save yourselves, says agitating farmers

    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."

    Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 14:42 (IST)

    'Andolan aa raha hai'

    Kuldeep Pahelwa, a farmer who walked all the way from Haridwar along with 100 other farmers, says "andolan aa raha hai". His foremost demand is for the government to settle his sugarcane dues. "I am tired of this situation,' said the hapless farmer. 

    Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 14:32 (IST)

    Implementing the Swaminathan Commission and complete loan waiver have not been accepted

    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.

    Kuldeep Singh/101Reporters

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Why is the police firing at us... we haven't come to harm anybody: Farmer from Punjab

    Speaking to News18, a farmer agitating at the Delhi-UP border said, "Are we really dangerous? Are we a threat to the city-dwellers? Why is the police hitting us and firing at us? We have not come to harm anybody. Let us protest and claim our rights. We will leave after that. Why will a farmer want to disrupt normal lives?"

    Kartar Singh, a farmer from Punjab, added and said that they can sit here for days as they are used to working under the sun. "You will get nothing by making us uncomfortable,"  he says.

    Image by News18

  • 14:29 (IST)

    World non-violence day celebrations start with beating farmers, tweets Rahul Gandhi

    Taking at dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the BJP government's two-year celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of Gandhi Jayanti began with brutal thrashing. "Now, farmers can't even come to Delhi and share their pain," he says.

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Centre agrees to 7 of 9 demands, say reports

    According to News18, Centre has agreed to seven of 9 demands put forth by the BKU leaders in the meeting with Rajnath Singh earlier today. Details are still awaited. 

  • 14:11 (IST)

    Unrelenting farmers said they won't go back unless their demands are met

    "Hum apna haq leke jayenge," blazed protesting farmers at the Delhi-UP border. The farmers told TV channels that everything is at stake for them. "We have left everything behind and come. And we will not leave unless all our demands are met. Due to the faulty policies of this government, farmers are crushing under increasing debt. This will not work," say farmers.

  • 14:05 (IST)

    Rajnath Singh meeting with farmers ends

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the farmers' leaders and discussed their demands and have reached an agreement on the majority of the issues. Farmers' leaders, UP ministers Laxmi Narayan ji, Suresh Rana ji and I will go to meet farmers now, says MoS agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. 

  • 14:03 (IST)

    Delhi govt minister to arrive at Delhi-UP border soon

    News18 reported that a Delhi government minister will soon arrive at the Delhi-UP border to meet the agitating farmers. However, the name has not been confirmed. 

  • 14:02 (IST)

    BKU leaders will shortly address the media

    BKU leaders emerge out of Rajnath Singh's more and prepare to address the press gathered there.

    Kuldeep Singh/101Reporters

  • 14:01 (IST)

    RLD's Ajit Singh expresses support for farmers

    Rashtriya Lok Dal president Ajit Singh expressed his support for the farmers and is reportedly on route to UP Gate to meet the protestors.

    He said the farmers are suffering financially due to the increase in electricity prices, non-payment of sugarcane dues and other reasons and now on top of that, they have to buy new diesel tractors after 10 years. He questioned the hue and cry over letting them enter Delhi when they have already said that they only want to march peacefully.

    Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 13:58 (IST)

    BKU condemns police action on protesting farmers

    BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said, "Police action on farmers is wrong. Our leaders are holding a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh. We will decide our next course of action after holding consultations with our leaders."

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Farmers run out of food and water

    The protest has exhausted the farmers now. News18 reports that several farmers and their wives were seen roaming around in search of food. Since the food and mineral water at nearby shops the expensive, they have walked down for a kilometre looking for affordable eatables.

    All they want is the movement of their yatra into the national capital, News18 reported. 

  • 13:55 (IST)

    Farmers wait on UP-Delhi border

    News18 reports farmers sit atop the hug music system installed on the tractor-trolley in which they travelled. They are now sitting at the Delhi-UP border as the police has disallowed them to enter the national capital.

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Twitterati questions govt on use of force on farmers

    Twitterati also questioned the government on the use of baton and tear gas on the day when the world is celebrating International Non-violence Day to mark Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary.

  • 13:48 (IST)

    30 farmers injured after police lathicharge

    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.

    Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 13:38 (IST)

    Congress slams Modi government for being insensitive to farmers' demand

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala slammed the NDA government for the "inhuman, unjust and unpardonable treatment of the farmers." He said that the fact that government is brutally beating up India's farmers on a day when the nation is celebrating birth anniversaries of Lal Bahadur Shastri and Mahatma Gandhi.  

  • 13:29 (IST)

    Rajnath Singh says police won't act aggressively against protesting farmers 

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh has issued a statement saying the police will not take any aggressive action against the protesting farmers and any such incidents will be investigated. In this footage from around noon, police are seen dispersing the crowd with water cannons.

    Video Sourced by Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 12:56 (IST)

    'Can't enter Delhi without government's permission,' police tries to tell farmers

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning at UP Gate, ADG Meerut Prashant Kumar said that the Delhi Police have banned entry to the marching farmers for time being. "We have made arrangements to stop them here and we have been trying to tell them that it is not possible to enter Delhi without the government's permission. Farmers delegations have met Union ministers yesterday and they will meet a few ministers today to put forth their demands."

    When asked what would they do if the farmers try to force their way in, Kumar said they have enough manpower to prevent that and the farmers know that as well. "Everyone has the right to peaceful protests and the police will maintain peace and order in any condition," he said.

    Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 12:53 (IST)

    Sitaram Yechury: It reconfirms the fact that Modi govt is anti-farmers

    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."

  • 12:48 (IST)

    Modi government no different than British govt in India, says Congress

    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," Randeep Surjewala of Congress told ANI.

  • 12:43 (IST)

    WATCH: Police put up barricades at UP Gate near Ghazipur

    Video from this morning as the police put up barricades in at Uttar Pradesh Gate in Ghazipur along NH-24 to stop around 20,000 farmers who marched from Uttarakhand passing through Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Modinagar and Ghaziabad to reach New Delhi. 

    Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 12:40 (IST)

    Farmers may create law and order situation and may disturb the peace and tranquillity: Delhi Police

    The march is being organised from Patanjali in Uttarakhand to Kisan Ghat in Delhi via Muzaffarnagar, Daurala, Partapur, Modi Nagar/Muradnagar, Hindon Ghat between 23 September to 2 October, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) Atul Kumar Thakur said. It will pass through Ghaziabad (in Uttar Pradesh) and will proceed via Preet Vihar and Geeta Colony flyover in east Delhi on Tuesday.

    "A large number of protesters are likely to come in Delhi from bordering areas of east district. This may create law and order situation and may disturb the peace and tranquillity and endanger human life or property in the area of east district," Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Pankaj Singh had told PTI.

  • 12:36 (IST)

    Delhi police claims farmers had not sought permission to demonstrate

    "They have not sought any permission from the Delhi Police for the protests," a senior police official said. The order prohibits assembly of five or more people and holding of any public meeting. It also prohibits the usage of any amplifier, loudspeaker, and similar instruments.

  • 12:32 (IST)

    What are the demands of the protesting farmers

    BKU national spokesman Rakesh Tikait alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre had not fulfilled the demands of the farmers.

    "We have organised the march to press for implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, loans waiver and scrapping the ban on plying of 10-year-old tractors in the national capital region among others," he said.

  • 12:29 (IST)

    Farmers meeting with Rajnath Singh begins

    The minister of state for agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has also now reached Rajnath Singh's residence and the meeting with farmers leaders has reportedly commenced.

    BKU leaders like HS Lakhowal, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, general secretary Yudhvir Singh are also present at the meeting

    Kuldeep Singh/101Reporters

  • 12:23 (IST)

    WATCH: 'Are we terrorists,' old farmer asks Delhi police

    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.

    Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 12:16 (IST)

    WATCH: Police use water cannons on protesting farmers

    Many politicians and leaders questioned the need to use force on non-violent protests

    Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 12:14 (IST)

    It's Modi govt that has to make diesel cheaper, clear dues and implement broken promises of MSP, says Akhilesh

    Speaking to reporters in Lucknow, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav assured his party's support for the marching farmers.

    Over 50,000 farmers have committed suicide in the past 4 years, mostly in BJP-ruled states, he said. "It's natural that the farmers have come to Delhi to protest. It is the central government that has to make diesel cheaper, clear dues and implement the broken promises of MSP," Akhilesh said. 

    Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

  • 12:08 (IST)

    Farmers raised slogans against the police as cops charged the protesters with water canon

    Input by Kamal Bhargava/101Reporters

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

 


Updated Date: Oct 02, 2018 19:09 PM

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