Farmers agitating for withdrawal of all three agricultural laws of the central government and enacting laws on minimum support price (MSP) have had a violent confrontation with the Delhi Police on Tuesday. Many farmers also got face-to-face with the police, after which the police lathi-charged and released tear gas shells. At the same time, the leaders of various farmer organizations kept appealing for a peaceful tractor rally. Several leaders, including Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait, founder of Swaraj India, Yogendra Yadav, came forward and reacted to the ruckus between the police and the farmers. Yogendra Yadav asked the farmers to take out a rally on the prescribed route.
Yogendra Yadav said that I appeal to all the farmers and their leaders that they should follow the prescribed route and rules. I don’t know much about what is happening. The parade I am part of is very disciplined. On the other hand, Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, not knowing about any violence in the tractor rally, said that the rally is being taken out in a very peaceful manner. I have no idea about this (of violent incidents). We are here in Ghazipur and are releasing traffic here.
Rally is going on peacefully. I don’t have any knowledge of it. We are at Ghazipur and are releasing the traffic here: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) when asked about incidents of violence at some locations, during the tractor rally.#FarmersProtests pic.twitter.com/hDcWYOFwsU
– ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
Police fired tear gas shells at farmers on ITO
The farmers clashed with the police in an attempt to move forward in Delhi after the protesters against agricultural laws reached the national capital’s ITO. Police used lathicharge and fired tear gas shells. The farmers started their tractor parade from different boundary points before the scheduled time. Farmers reached ITO in central Delhi despite not getting permission. The protesters were seen running with police poles in hand. The police also tried to disperse the crowd, leaving lathicharge and tear gas shells.
Farmers hoisted flag on Red Fort
The peasants entered the Red Fort while performing. Hundreds of farmers reached the ramparts and then hoisted their flag there. However, during this time there was also seen waving the tricolor flag. After the large number of farmers reached the Red Fort, the police personnel present there appealed to them to move there, but the farmers continued to gather. Farmers who were opposing all three agricultural laws also had tractors.
Do not take laws in hand, keep peace: Delhi Police
The Delhi Police on Tuesday appealed to the protesting farmers not to take the law into their hands and maintain peace. The police’s appeal comes in the wake of clashes between police and protesting farmers at several places in the national capital. The police asked the farmers to take out tractor ridges on the predetermined route. Additional Public Relations Officer of Delhi Police, Anil Mittal said, “We request the protesting farmers not to take the law in hand and keep the peace”. Off the road, his parade reached several other places including the ITO. The farmers wanted to go to Rajpath.