As thousands of farmers tried entering the national capital, the police resorted to using of tear gas and water cannons to prevent them from doing so.
It is estimated that close to 30,000 farmers, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, have been stopped at the heavily-barricaded Delhi-UP border.
But that has further infuriated the farmers who then tried to break the barriers and raised slogans forcing the police to use batons, tear gas shells and water to disperse them.
Local sources said that so far several protesters were injured in the process.
The police cited that the farmers’ rally could disrupt traffic movement and also create law and order problems which is why they had to barricade the border.
The farmers carried on with their “Kisan Kranti Padyatra” to demand loan waiver, subsidised electricity and fuel
as well as implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.
It is said that the Home Minister Rajnath Singh has agreed to meet a representative delegation of the farmers.
Meanwhile, the Congress criticized the heavy handed approach of the police and said that the BJP’s Gandhi Jayanti celebrations started with an attack on farmers.
They pointed out that the farmers were peacefully marching to register their protest.>