Antisocial elements were behind Delhi violence: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait

Antisocial elements were behind Delhi violence: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait
Police fire teargas shells to disperse protesting farmers who were attempting to break barricades at Ghazipur border during their 'tractor march' on Republic Day, in New Delhi, Tuesday. Photo: PTI

Ghaziabad: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said that some antisocial elements were behind the violence during the farmers' tractor parade in the national capital on Tuesday.

It was due to the Delhi Police's actions that some antisocial elements entered the parade and caused the violence, he said.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesman in a statement also alleged that the Delhi Police had wrongly placed barricades at some places of the pre-decided routes of the parade.

"This was done intentionally to misguide farmers," Tikait said, adding that because of this, farmers on tractors went astray.

This gave antisocial elements the opportunity to enter the tractor rally, he claimed.

BKU believes in peaceful demonstration and will identify the miscreants behind the violence.

Tikait urged protesting farmers to keep themselves away from violence. The coordination committee members of the parade will look into the reasons behind the violence, he said.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting against the Centre's new agri laws at various Delhi border points since November 28 last year and on Tuesday, they took out tractor parades in the national capital.

Ghaziabad District Information Officer (DIO) Rakesh Chauhan said in a statement that the tractor rally culminated peacefully in Ghaziabad and no untoward incident occurred.

The administration had made adequate arrangements and senior police and civil officials interacted with farmer leaders every day, it said.

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