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Farmers’ protest: 44 including sword attacker arrested in Singhu border violence

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: In connection with Singhu border violence, Delhi Police on Friday night arrested 44 people including a man who attacked a policeman with a sword.

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The tension arose at Singhu border on Friday around 1: 30 PM, when a large group of around 200 people, claiming to be locals, barged into this central protest site despite heavy police force, where protesting farmers’ have been camped since past two months, and started to vandalised their tents, and demanded that farmers vacate the area. Soon, the “peaceful” protest site was turned into a war zone as both the sides indulged in stone pelting.

The Delhi Police said among the people arrested is an accused Ranjeet Singh, 22, from Punjab, who attacked SHO (Alipur) Pradeep Paliwal with a sword. He has been charged with attempt to murder and obstructing public servant.

As per reports, the police at first did not try to stop the group, but resorted to the use tear gas shells and batons after the situation escalated. The protesting farmers also were reported saying that the vandals were not local residents but hired goons. Several people, including Delhi Police Station House Office (Alipur) Pradeep Paliwal, were injured in the clashes.

People who barged into farmers’ protest site and demanded that farmers vacate the area, alleged that the protestors had “insulted” the national flag during their tractor parade on Republic Day.

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Furthermore, a fact-checking website has also identified Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters among the mob. One of them was reportedly BJP municipal councilor Anju Kumar’s husband, Aman Dabas.

The tension at farmers’ protest sites on Delhi borders has been tense after violence broke out in Republic Day tractor rally. States like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh ( both of them have BJP government) have also directed their police officials to vacate the protesting sites. On Thursday, farmers protesting at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border were given a 24 hours ultimatum to vacate the site by midnight.

On the other hand, more and more protestors are joining in from UP and Haryana, after Bharatiya Kisan Union Spokesperson Rakesh Tikait tearfully declared that he would rather die by suicide than end the agitation. His comment has given fresh breath to this protest and has lifted up the morale of despaired protestors, who have been camped at Delhi borders since November 26 and have been appealing Center to repeal the contentious three farm laws.

Meanwhile extending support to the farmers’ agitation, Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi  said, “Neither by deploying police at Ghazipur, nor by pelting stones at Singhu border will dishearten the farmers,” Congress leader also added that, “The entire country is supporting them, you cannot intimidate them.”

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