Two Farmer Unions Withdraw from Protests After Republic Day Violence in Delhi

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A day after thousands of farmers stormed the national capital, laid siege to the Red Fort, and violently clashed with the Delhi police injuring over 100 security personnel, two farmer unions withdrew from the protests on Wednesday.

The Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan and the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu), which had publicly denounced the Republic Day violence, pulled out of the ongoing protests against the three contentious farm laws that the farmers claim will benefit only big corporates and not growers.

“We can’t carry forward a protest with someone whose direction is something else. So, I wish them the best but VM Singh and Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan are withdrawing from this protest right away,” ANI quoted RKMS national convener VM Singh as saying.

Singh also blamed BKU’s Rakesh Tikait for pressuring the farmers to take a different route than the one designated for the tractor rally on Republic Day.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) president Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh said he was deeply pained by whatever happened during the tractor parade, adding his union was ending its protest being staged at the Chilla border.

The tractor parade on Tuesday that was to highlight the demands of the farmer unions to repeal three new agri laws dissolved into anarchy on the streets of the city as tens of thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag on the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.

Hundreds of protestors descended on Noida roads on Tuesday to participate in the tractor parade as part of their demonstration against the new farm laws. They laid siege to the Red Fort, damaged public property and even clashed with the police injuring over 100 security personnel.

Six Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and five police vehicles were damaged in the violence, according to an FIR registered in connection with the incident. It also claimed that 70 iron barricades damaged when over 10,000 protesting farmers on nearly 600 tractors stormed the area.

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