A group of over 200 people, claiming to be locals while other reports says they are the people of Hindu Sena, threw stones and vandalised tents of protesting farmer who have been camping at Singhu border from the last two months against the Centre’s three farm laws. The sudden violence erupted at Sighu border, where the situation were tensed since the Republic Day violence, prompted the police to use tear gas shells and resort to lathi-charge.
A police official was injured with a sword in the violence.
On Friday afternoon, a group of more than 200 violent protestors with arms and sticks have reached at the Singhu border to vacate the protest site claiming that the protesting farmers had insulted the national flag during tractor parade on Republic Day. They were raising slogans against the protesting farmers and their leader Rakesh Tikait. Both sides also pelted stones at each other.
Similar scene was repeated at Tikri border right after the clashes at the Singhu border, where a group of people demanded to vacate the site. The protestor’s claims were remained same like Singhu border that the protesting farmers have insulted the national flag. The energy, anger and slogans of the protestors were remained same like Singhu border.
In a recent development, a team of forensic experts along with Crime Branch officials have reached Ghazipur border and collected the samples from various locations.
Thousands of protesting farmers had clashed with the police during the tractor parade on Tuesday.
Three days after the events of Republic Day, the Ghaziabad and Uttar Pradesh government have asked farmers to vacate the areas. While, the Ghaziabad administration has given an ultimatum to the protesting farmers’ to vacate the Ghazipur border by Thursday midnight. Last evening, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana administration ordered the police authority to remove thousands of farmers who have been protesting at various points outside Delhi against three central laws for over two months.
It was a tense night at Ghazipur border after government’s notices to the protesting farmers to immediately vacate the premises. The farmers, however, refused to arrest their leaders. Tikait announced emotionally that he will commit suicide but won’t end the protest until the farm laws are repealed. The order had a ripple effect in Punjab and Haryana, where a campaign began to send more protesters and tractors to the dharna sites as back up.
The central government has also extended the deployment period of four companies of Rapid Action Force till February 4 to maintain law and order situation in Ghaziabad in view of the protests. Their deployment was till January 28. Two other key border points -Tikri and the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border at Ghazipur – have also been placed under heavy security and remain tense.