Kisan Kranti Padyatra turns violent as police stops farmers from entering Delhi
New Delhi: The 'Kisan Kranti Padyatra', which has been organized by farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union, turned violent after the protesting farmers broke barricades to forcefully enter Delhi.
Police use water cannons and teargas shells to disperse protesters at the Uttar Pradesh-Delhi Border. Several farmers have faced injuries and few of them have been taken to hospital.
Naresh Tikait, President of Bharatiya Kisan Union, said, "Why have we been stopped? The rally was proceeding in a disciplined manner. If we don't tell our government about our problems then whom do we tell? Do we go to Pakistan or Bangladesh?"
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has come in support of the farmers and slammed police action on protesters.
He said, "Farmers should be allowed to enter Delhi. Why are they not being allowed to enter Delhi? This is wrong. We are with the farmers."
Over 70,000 farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab and other parts of North India with a large convoy of tractors and trolleys marched towards Delhi. ‘Kisan Kranti Yatra’ was flagged off on September 23 from Haridwar’s Baba Tikait Ghat, named after the legendary leader Mahendra Singh Tikait.