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Kisan Kranti March: Police use tear gas shells, water cannons as protesting farmers try to enter Delhi

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. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has agreed to meet most of their demands.

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Thousands of farmers in a large convoy of tractors and trolleys are locked in a standoff with security forces along the Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border, as they try to enter the national capital. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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The farmers belonging to Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) had began their protest – Kisan Kranti March – in Haridwar on September 23. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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Protesting against low minimum support prices (MSP), high fuel rates, the farmers had planned to culminate the yatra at Kisan Ghat in Delhi on Gandhi Jayanti. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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National Highways leading to the national capital were swamped with farmers who came in from places as far as Gonda, Basti, and Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh as well as the sugarcane belt of western Uttar Pradesh.(Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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Anticipating trouble, the police had imposed prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people and holding of any public meeting, usage of any amplifier, loudspeaker, and similar instruments.(Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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As per latest reports, police fired tear gas and water cannons to stop the protesting farmers from entering Delhi. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday 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. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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A hike in the electricity tariffs in Uttar Pradesh is another concern that the farmers want the government to address. The farmers have also urged the officials to provide uninterrupted power supply for at least six hours during noon.(Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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On the top of their 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. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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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. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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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." (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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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?" he said. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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The farmers have also urged the government to expedite clearing the dues to sugarcane farmers. In the 2017-18 agricultural year, India produced 32 million tonnes of sugar, while the demand was only 25 million tonnes, leading to a crash in prices of sugar. As a result, the farmers have not been able to get their dues. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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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." (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

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The Uttar Pradesh government earlier this month approved a Rs 5,535-crore package to help mills clear their outstanding payment dues to growers, which are now almost at Rs 10,000 crore. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)