Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: Two farmer unions – Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan and Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) – Wednesday separated themselves from the ongoing farmer protesters at Delhi borders, a day after the protesting farmers engaged in violent clashes with police on Republic Day.
“The farmers’ movement will continue for as long as the issue of MSP guarantee stands but not in this way. We have not come here for people to be martyred or to get them beaten up. We can’t support taking forward the movement with people who want to take it in another direction,” Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan leader V M Singh said, referring to Rakesh Tikait. “We have come only to get a guarantee for MSP.”
The Delhi Police Wednesday detained around 200 protesters on charges of rioting, damaging public property and attacking police personnel during the Republic Day violence on Tuesday. The police have also filed 22 FIRs so far that mention the names of at least 10 farm leaders, including Yogendra Yadav and Rakesh Tikait.
Security has been tightened in several places across the national capital especially at the Red Fort and farmer protest sites, with the deployment of additional paramilitary forces following the violence.
After two months of peaceful protests on Delhi’s borders and 11 rounds of negotiations with the central government, the Republic Day tractor parade spiralled into chaos Tuesday. One protester died when his tractor overturned while ramming a road barrier at ITO, and scores were injured, as mobs resorted to violence and vandalism while forcing their way to the Red Fort and hoisting their flag there. As the night fell, the Red Fort was secured, the flags removed and protesters made to vacate the premises.
(Reported by Aranya Shankar, Sofi Ahsan, Sourav Roy Barman, Ashna Butani, Sukrita Baruah, and Sakshi Dayal from Delhi. Raakhi Jagga, Kamaldeep Singh Brar, and Sukhbir Siwach reported from Punjab and Haryana)