Following clashes between protesting farmers and police in the national capital on Tuesday, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha has issued a statement distancing itself from the ‘violent elements’. Groups of protesting farmers on Tuesday entered Red Fort after breaching police barricades, attacking personnel and vandalising a bus at ITO. A protester died after the tractor he was riding turned turtle. Several policemen were injured at Red Fort.
The farmers union said that the long struggle for more than 6 months now, and more than 60 days of protest at Delhi borders also seemed to have led to this situation. “We dissociate ourselves from all such elements that have violated our discipline. We appeal strongly to everyone to stick to the route and norms of the Parade, and not indulge in any violent action or anything that taints national symbols and dignity. We appeal to everyone to desist from any such acts,” said Samyukta Kisan Morcha in a statement.
“We condemn and regret the undesirable and unacceptable events that have taken place today and dissociate ourselves from those indulging in such acts. Despite all our efforts, some organisations and individuals have violated the route and indulged in condemnable acts. Anti-social elements had infiltrated the otherwise peaceful movement,” it added.
The union also said that it has been trying to get a full picture of all the events with regard to the several Kisan Parades that were planned today and will share a detailed statement soon. “Our information is that apart from some regrettable violations, the parades are underway peacefully as per plan,” the statement reads.
Taking to Twitter, Swaraj India’s Yogendra Yadav urged protesters to return to their designated routes. “I appeal to all the farmer leaders to please abide by the rules & follow the designated routes. I don’t have full information about what is happening where. The parade which I am part of is very disciplined,”
सभी साथियों से अपील है कि संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा के द्वारा निर्धारित रूट पर ही परेड करें। उससे अलग होने से आंदोलन को सिर्फ नुकसान ही होगा।
शांति ही किसान आन्दोलन की ताकत है। शांति टूटी तो सिर्फ आंदोलन को नुकसान होगा।
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) January 26, 2021
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry has ordered to temporarily suspend telecom services in border areas of Delhi – Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk, Nangloi — from 12:00 pm to 11:59 pm after clashes between protesting farmers and security personnel escalated on Tuesday.
The chaos unfolded despite the police giving farmers camping at Delhi’s three borders — Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur — permission to hold rallies on specific routes, only after the official Republic Day parade at Rajpath. As per the agreement, farmers were to remain in the adjoining areas of the borders and not venture towards Central Delhi. The police resorted to lathicharge and tear gas to control the protesters after they breached the barricades at the three borders.