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Kisan Kranti Yatra: The protesters were stopped along the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border earlier in the day as police used teargas shells and water cannons to disperse them.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2018 6:53:19 am
Farmers' protest in Delhi: Police use teargas shells and water cannons to disperse the protesters along the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border on Tuesday. (Express photo/Gajendra Yadav) Kisan Kranti Yatra: Police use teargas shells and water cannons to disperse the protesters along the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border on Tuesday. (Express photo/Gajendra Yadav)

Kisan Kranti Yatra:  Unsatisfied with government’s assurance to look into the matter, Bharatiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait on Tuesday said the farmers will continue with the protest until the demands are met. Earlier today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had agreed to meet most of the demands of the thousands of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) protesters, who are on a march from Hardwar to Kisan Ghat in the national capital to protest against the alleged apathy of the BJP government towards the farming community. The protesters were stopped along the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border earlier in the day as police used teargas shells and water cannons to disperse them. Anticipating breakdown of law and order situation, Delhi Police has imposed week-long prohibitory orders in east Delhi.

The Kisan Kranti Yatra, which began from Tikait Ghat in Haridwar on September 23, is the first of its kind by the BKU since the death of its founder Mahendra Singh Tikait on May 15, 2011. The Tikait clan, including the patriarch’s four sons, their wives, grandsons and their children have also hit the streets along with others.

Besides unconditional loan waiver, the farmers are protesting against electricity and fuel prices which are shooting through the roof.

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Kisan Kranti Yatra: Thousands of farmers are taking part in the kisan rally which is trying to enter New Delhi. Highlights below.

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    21:50 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Schools, colleges in Ghaziabad to stay shut on Wednesday

    In view of farmers' agitation, schools and colleges will remain shut in Ghaziabad on Wednesday, officials were quoted as saying by PTI today. The order was issued by District Magistrate Ritu Maheshwari. "All schools and colleges in Ghaziabad shall remain closed tomorrow as a preventive measure in view of ongoing farmers' agitation," Maheshwari tweeted.

    Thousands of farmers held fort at the Delhi-UP border here Tuesday after police stopped their protest march to the national capital with several including the security personnel getting injured in sporadic violence, as the protesters refused to go back and rejected the government's assurance to look into their demands.

    18:09 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    At least 7 policemen and an ACP injured in farmers protest

                                        Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav 


    Seven policemen, including an assistant commissioner of police, were injured on Tuesday during the protest by farmers on Delhi-UP border, Delhi Police said here. Police said a section of crowd suddenly turned violent as police tried to persuade the protesters, who were participating in the Bharatiya Kisan Union march, not to break the barricades.

    SEE PICTURES | Police use tear gas shells, water cannons as protesting farmers try to enter Delhi

    18:03 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Central government being 'anti-farmer': opposition

    Opposition parties on Tuesday put the blame on the Modi government for what they described as "brutal police action" against thousands of farmers marching towards the national capital, with the Congress alleging that the "Badshah of Delhi Sultanate was drunk with power".

    The parties accused the central government of being 'anti-farmer' and demanded allowing the protesters to enter Delhi to peacefully air their grievances, even as the government went into a huddle to mull over ways to convince the farmers to call off their protest.

    16:38 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    BJP government has solved all issues of the farmers: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
    16:24 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Farmers will not accept govt assurance, protest to continue: BKU president

    Bharatiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait on Tuesday said the farmers will not accept govt assurance and will go ahead with the protest. 

    Earlier today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh held discussions with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and a few others on how to resolve the farmers' issues and pacify them. Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat also spoke to protesting farmers on the Delhi-UP border and assured considering their demands.

    16:08 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Farmers protest: Standoff at Delhi-Ghazipur border

    15:44 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Congress condemns use of force against farmers; resolves to fight for their rights

    The Congress Tuesday lashed out at the Modi government over the police action against farmers marching towards Delhi, saying 'the Baadshah in the Delhi Sultanate is drunk with power'. Condemning the police action, Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said if the Centre can write off huge debt of a few industrialists why it could not waive the loans of farmers.

    He criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that 'arrogance has gone to his head'.

    'Instead of hearing them out, farmers are brutalised and beaten up. The Baadshah in the Delhi Sultanate is drunk with power,' the Congress leader alleged.

    14:55 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Farmers cannot even come to Delhi to air grievances: Rahul

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday accused the BJP of "brutally beating up" farmers at the Delhi border on International Day of Non-Violence and said that they cannot even air their grievances in the national capital.

    Gandhi's remarks came after farmers marching towards Delhi as part of the Bharatiya Kisan Union's (BKU) protest call over demands ranging from farm loan waiver to cut in fuel prices, were stopped at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border Tuesday with police using water cannons to disperse them. 

    14:31 (IST)02 Oct 2018


    Besides unconditional loan waiver, the farmers are protesting against electricity and fuel prices which are shooting through the roof. (Express photo/Gajendra Yadav)

    14:27 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    'Farmers aren't terrorists or Naxals'

    Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana founder Raju Shetti said, "Farmers aren't terrorists or Naxals, they're coming (to Delhi) with demands. Don't they have the right to do that? The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government has killed farmers in Mandsaur and today, they're about to lose Madhya Pradesh. I am warning PM Modi, if injustice with farmers continues, he will lose Delhi."

    14:15 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh meets farmers' leaders, reaches agreement

    "Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the farmer's leaders and discussed their demands and have reached an agreement on the majority of the issues. The farmers' leaders, UP ministers Laxmi Narayan, Suresh Rana and I will now go and meet the farmers," Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said.

    14:11 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Rahul Gandhi slams Modi government

    Upping the ante against the Modi government, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said, "On October 2 when the world is observing non-violence day, the BJP's two-year-long festivities for Gandhi Jayanti have started on a violent note. Now, the farmers cannot even come to Delhi to share their woes."

    14:02 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Unarmed farmers brutally treated: K C Tyagi

    JD(U) national general secretary K C Tyagi said, "Peaceful and unarmed farmers going towards Rajghat were brutally treated, they were lathicharged and teargas shells were fired on them. We condemn this."

    13:54 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    BKU condemns police action on protesting farmers

    BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said, "Police action on farmers is wrong. Our leaders are holding a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh. We will decide our next course of action after holding consultations with our leaders."

    13:37 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Farmers broke barricades: Police

    The farmers, riding tractors and trolleys, broke barricades of the UP Police and then started proceeding towards the barricades put up by the Delhi Police, a senior police officer told PTI. Police had to use water cannons to disperse the protestors, who also indulged in sloganeering. Tear gas was also used to disperse the crowd.

    13:23 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Congress attacks Modi govt over 'inhuman' treatment

    Speaking on the "inhuman, unjust and unpardonable treatment of the Narendra Modi-led government", Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "What is the Modi government doing on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi? What is the govt doing on the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri who said Jai Jawan Jai Kisan'? The govt is brutally beating up India's farmers. It has launched a police raj and unprecedented atrocities on the farmers of the country. Can India's farmers not come and tell their own government that they are in deep pain and suffering from deep rural indebtedness?"

    13:09 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Why are farmers protesting?

    On the top of the demand list is the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations. The commission had submitted five reports between 2004 to 2006 for “faster and more inclusive growth” for farmers. The Commission observed that farmers needed to have an assured access to and control over rightful basic resources. These basic resources include land, water, bioresources, credit and insurance, technology and knowledge management, and markets. It observed that agriculture must be implemented in the concurrent list from the state list — hence putting it as a matter of concern for both the Union and the states. The reason farmers are demanding a full implementation of the recommendations is that it would result in reasonable MSP and small farmers would be secured. Read full story.

    13:07 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Police use teargas to disperse agitators


    Police use teargas shells to disperse the protesters along the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border. (Express photo/Gajendra Yadav)

    13:03 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Worst agrarian distress since 1947: Sitaram Yechury

    CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury told ANI, "It reconfirms the fact that the Modi government is anti-farmer. Instead of providing relief to the farmers, they are exasperating the crisis, by further forcing the farmers to be under the debt burden and distress suicides. We haven't seen such an agrarian distress in India since independence."

    13:00 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    BJP hits back at CM Kejriwal: 'You are only interested in politics'

    Hitting back at the Delhi CM, the state unit of BJP said, "Mukhya mantri ji, agar aap maante hai ki Delhi sab ki hain toh bahar se aane wale mareezon ka ilaz Delhi mein kyun nahi hone dete? Kyun mareezon ke saath bhed-bhao kar rahe ho? Sachai toh yeh hai ki aapka na toh kisano se matlab hain na mareezon se. Aapko sirf apni rajneeti se matlab hai (If you agree that Delhi belongs to everyone, then why do you not allow the medical treatment of outsiders in the state? Why do you differentiate between the sick? The truth is that you are neither interested in the farmers nor in Delhi; you are only interested in politics)."

    12:38 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Delhi belongs to everyone: CM Kejriwal

    Taking to Twitter, Delhi CM Kejriwal said, "Delhi sabki hai. Kisano ko Delhi mein aane se koi nahi rok sakta. Kisano ki maang jaayaz hai. Unki maange mani jaye (Delhi belongs to everyone. No one can stop the protesters from entering Delhi. The demands of the farmers are justified and must be fulfilled)."

    12:28 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Three lakh peasants march towards Rajghat in Delhi

    Another farmer claimed over three lakh peasants are marching towards Rajghat. Their list of demands include unconditional loan waiver for farmers, clearing of dues by sugar mills, higher prices for crops, free electricity for farms and a cut in diesel prices.

    12:26 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Farmers complain of high power, fuel rates

    Protesting against high electricity prices and fuel rates which are shooting through the roof, Harmeet asked, "Aap ko 500 rupiya ka gas theek lagta hai? (Does LPG price of Rs 500 sound right to you."

    12:20 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    'Want our right'

    According to PTI, the protesters arrived on foot, in buses and tractor trolleys. They carried banners of Bhartiya Kisan Union, which gave the call for the march to press for a series of demands. "We are not seeking any alms from the government. We want our right," Harmik Singh, a farmer who came from Meerut, said.

    12:17 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Protesters block national highways

    National highways leading to the New Delhi are swamped with farmers hailing from areas as far as Gonda, Basti and Gorakhpur in eastern UP as well as the sugarcane belt of western UP. Police picketed the border with UP, imposing prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people and holding of any public meeting, usage of any amplifier, loudspeaker, and similar instruments.

    12:09 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Kisan rally on NH-24


    Farmers protest along National Highway-24 on Tuesday. (Express photo/Prem Nath Pandey)

    12:01 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Video: Police use water cannons to disperse protesters
    11:52 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Police on standby along Delhi-UP border


    A huge contingent of police has been deployed along the Delhi-UP border to prevent the farmers from entering the national capital. (Express photo/Gajendra Yadav)

    11:48 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Stand by farmers: Akhilesh Yadav

    Extending his support to the protest, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said, "This government has failed to fulfil the promises it made to the farmers, so it is all but natural that they would protest. It is unfortunate and we fully support the farmers."

    11:41 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Farmers must be allowed to enter Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal

    Speaking to news agency ANI, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "The farmers should be allowed to enter New Delhi. Why are they not being allowed to enter Delhi? This is wrong. We are with the farmers."

    11:30 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Cops use teargas shells, water canons to disperse crowd at UP-Delhi border

    As per reports, the protest has turned violent along the UP-Delhi border as police have resorted to tear gas shells and water canons to disperse the crowd.

    11:27 (IST)02 Oct 2018
    Bhartiya Kisan Union protesters set to enter New Delhi; prohibitory orders in place

    Prohibitory orders have been imposed in New Delhi as thousands of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) protesters, who are on a march to protest against the alleged apathy of the BJP government towards the farming community, is set to arrive from Haridwar at Kisan Ghat in the national capital today. Follow this space for all latest updates on the protest.

    Prohibiting the assembly of five or more people under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, police said the march will pass through Ghaziabad (in Uttar Pradesh) and will proceed via Preet Vihar and Geeta Colony flyover in east Delhi today. Overall, the yatra is expected to cover Preet Vihar, Jagatpuri, Shakarpur, Madhu Vihar, Ghazipur, Mayur Vihar, Mandawli, Pandav Nagar, Kalyanpuri and New Ashok Nagar police station limits.

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