Crowd turned violent despite requests: Delhi Police on action against protesting farmers

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Oct 02, 2018, 06:48 PM(IST)

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The farmers were marching towards Delhi over demands ranging from farm loan waiver to cut in fuel prices but were stopped at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border.

The Delhi Police on Tuesday issued a statement over the measures undertaken to curb the farmers' protests in the capital city.

The police said that the farmers turned violent and tried to break barricades through tractor-trolleys and were also carrying lathis even when the security issued persuasive methods to deal with them. 

The statement mentioned that announcements were regularly made about the promulgation of section 144 and requests were made not to attempt entry into Delhi forcefully on tractor-trolleys. 

"Despite persuasive methods requesting them to wait till the outcome of talks of their leaders with the government, a section of the crowd turned violent and tried to break barricades forcefully through tractor-trolleys and were also carrying lathi," the statement added. 

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The protestors were assured by their leaders that their demands are being projected at appropriate levels.  

The farmers were marching towards Delhi over demands ranging from farm loan waiver to cut in fuel prices but were stopped at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border with police using water cannons to disperse them. 

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Naresh Tikait, the chief of Bharat Kisan Union (BKU), which has given the protest call, said the farmers are "not satisfied" with the government's assurance.

"We will discuss this and then decide on future course of action. I can't decide anything alone, our committee will take the decision," he added.

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