The farmers protest for farm loan waivers has turned violent and the police have used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesting farmers after farmers broke barricades as they try to enter Delhi. It is said that the police have resorted to lathicharge finally as the farmers went out of control and vandalized the barricades.
The Delhi police on Monday had issued prohibitory orders in advance in east and north-east Delhi as thousands of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) members expected to reach the National Capital today. The order states that the march of the farmers has the potential to disrupt traffic and create law and order problems.
Thousands of farmers are coming to the capital with several demands including farm loan-waiver, farmer friendly crop insurance and support for small and marginal farmers. The order said that the farmers are expected to pass through Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, and proceed via Preet Vihar and Geeta Colony flyovers in east Delhi today.
Earlier the farmers have been stopped Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border by the Delhi Police. Criticising the police action, Naresh Tikait, President, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) asked that why did the police stop the farmers’ rally that was proceeding in a disciplined manner? (PenNews with input from UNI)