Police use water cannon, tear gas as farmers' protests intensify near Delhi border Photograph:( ANI )
Police used batons, tear gas and water cannon to turn back thousands of farmers marching towards New Delhi on Tuesday in intensifying protests demanding loan waivers, implementation of Swaminathan Committee report.
Thousands of farmers allied with the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) are locked in a tense standoff at the UP-Delhi border with the police, trying to breach barricades to march towards the national capital.
National Highways leading to the national capital were swamped with farmers who came in from different districts as well as the sugarcane belt of western Uttar Pradesh.
Police picketed the border with Uttar Pradesh, imposing prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people and holding of any public meeting, usage of any amplifier, loudspeaker, and similar instruments.
#WATCH Visuals from UP-Delhi border where farmers have been stopped during 'Kisan Kranti Padyatra'. Police use water cannons to disperse protesters after protesters broke the barricades pic.twitter.com/9KUwKgvrwW— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2018
Visuals from UP-Delhi border where farmers have been stopped during 'Kisan Kranti Padyatra'. Police use teargas shells to disperse protesters pic.twitter.com/ZlkodvZc3R— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2018
Visuals from UP-Delhi border where farmers have been stopped during 'Kisan Kranti Padyatra'. Police use water cannons to disperse protesters pic.twitter.com/4RDQ1kPcx9— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2018
The Kisan Kranti Yatra, which began from Tikait Ghat in Haridwar on September 23, was joined by farmers from various parts of Uttar Pradesh.
#Visuals from UP-Delhi border where farmers have been stopped during 'Kisan Kranti Padyatra'. The 'Kisan Kranti Padyatra' has been organized by farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union. pic.twitter.com/3c4WqtAQnM— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2018
BKU national spokesman Rakesh Tikait alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre had not fulfilled the demands of the farmers.
"We have organised the march to press for implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, loans waiver and scrapping the ban on plying of 10-year-old tractors in the national capital region among others," he said.
According to the orders, police have received information that BKU president Rakesh Tikait, along with a large number of protestors, is on a march -- Kisan Kranti Yatra -- from Haridwar to Kisan Ghat in New Delhi.
The march is being organised from Patanjali (Uttarakhand) to Kisan Ghat (Delhi) via Muzaffarnagar, Daurala, Partapur, Modi Nagar/Muradnagar, Hindon Ghat between September 23 to October 2, Thakur said.
(With inputs from agencies)