New Delhi: The “peaceful” farmer protest on Friday afternoon was disrupted after a group of over 200 people slithered in a sensitive protesting site at Delhi-Haryana border in Singhu, which has been tense since the Republic Day violence, and started to throw stones and vandalise farmers’ tents, prompting the police to use tear gas shells and resort to lathi-charge.
A police official has reportedly suffered injuries after hit by a sword in the violence.
It is, however, unclear how this large group of people managed to invade the epicenter of farmers’ protests despite of the fact that the area is being blocked by huge police force.
The people who rammed in at the protest site, tried to vandalise their camps, infrastructure such as their washing machines, while demanding them to vacate the protest site. Both sides were engaged in the violent act and were throwing stones at each other.
Meanwhile, the cops were seen trying to keep the vandals away from the protesting farmers.
Farmers’ protest is currently staged at three borders along the national capital. The two other key border points, Tikri (another Delhi-Haryana border) and the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border at Ghazipur also witnessed similar incidents of violence, shortly after the clashes at the Singhu border as reports from Tikri, showed a group of people opposing the farmers’ protest and demanding to vacate the site.
Where, the protesting farmers have refused to budge from their demands of a complete repeal of the Centre’s contentious three farm laws, government is trying new tactics to put an end to this more than two-month long protest. Incidents of vacating protesting sites, from across the nation are coming in, as in BJP-ruled Haryana, on Thursday, a group of people gave the protesting farmers in Karnal, which is about 96 km from Singhu, a 24-hour ultimatum to leave the site alleging they were facing inconvenience because of the protests.
Similarly, Uttar Pradesh government is also taking measures to remove thousands of farmers who have been protesting at various points outside Delhi against three central laws for over two months.
Furthermore, Rakesh Tikait’s Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has called a “Mahapanchayat” or meeting today at the Ghazipur border in east Delhi, amid a huge backlash over Tuesday’s violence during their tractor rally.
To note, the agitating farmers, who have been stationed at several points outside the national capital, fighting “peacefully” against Centre’s “anti-farm laws” for over 2 months, have alleged a conspiracy to taint their Republic Day tractor rally in which protesters forced their way in through barricades and clashed with Delhi police.