Farmers divided after Delhi mayhem

Farmers divided after Delhi mayhem
Farmer leaders during a press conference on Wednesday.
NEW DELHI, JAN 27 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 1/27/2021 11:58:51 AM IST

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As cracks began to appear in their ongoing agitation against the agri laws, farmer unions on Wednesday cancelled their planned march to Parliament on February 1 when the Budget would be presented. The decision by farmer unions came a day after massive violence during their tractor parade in the national capital that left nearly 400 police personnel injured. The farmer leaders, however, alleged that there was a conspiracy behind Tuesday’s incidents and demanded a probe.
They said their agitation against the farm laws will continue and public meetings and hunger strikes will be held across the country on January 30.
“The tractor parade was hit by a government conspiracy. Deep Sidhu is an RSS man. Police let him go after he hoisted a religious flag at Red Fort,” farmer leader Darshan Pal, who has been accused by police of making inflammatory speeches, alleged at a press conference.
Sidhu is a former aide of actor and BJP MP Sunny Deol. Deol had distanced himself from Sidhu in December after he supported the farmers’ agitation.
“We have cancelled our plan for a march to Parliament on budget day on February 1. But our agitation will continue and there will be public meetings and hunger strike across the country on January 30, “ Pal said. Another farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal claimed that over two lakh tractors and lakhs of people participated in Tuesday’s parade and “99.9% of the protesters were peaceful”.
Even as the farmer unions continued to allege that “anti-social” elements had perpetrated the violence to “torpedo” their peaceful agitation against the farm laws, Tuesday’s incidents that have been widely condemned started taking a toll with BharatiyaKisan Union (Bhanu) and All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee withdrawing from the protests on the Delhi’s borders. Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav responding to a question on farmer leaders being named in FIR, Yadav said, “FIR, jail and torture are rewards of movements”.
“We have video clippings and we will expose how a conspiracy was hatched to defame our movement,” a farm leader said.
Around 200 detained
Police have detained around 200 protesters following Tuesday’s deadly violence in Delhi during the tractor march.
Delhi Police on Wednesday alleged that farmer leaders made inflammatory speeches and were involved in the violence during the tractor parade by agitating farmers that left 394 of its personnel injured, as it warned that no culprit will be spared. Delhi Police has registered FIRs where names of at least 10 farm leaders, including Yogendra Yadav and Rakesh Tikait have been mentioned.
A senior police officer said they will summon the farm leaders for questioning. “We have already detained around 200 protesters on charges of rioting, damaging public property and attacking police personnel,” an officer said.

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