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Police strengthens measures to restrain movement of protesting farmers

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The borders of the national capital where farmers are continuing their agitation have turned into fortresses with the police and the administration strengthening security and the barricades in a bid to restrain the agitators. The police have places concertina wires, concrete barricades, nail-studded roads and buses to restrict the movement of farmers. The development comes after an emotional appeal by Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait for a nationwide “chakka jam” protest on Saturday.

Rahul Gandhi criticises govt

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has criticised the government over its handling of the farmers’ crisis. He said, “Build bridges, not walls.” Last week, during a press conference, Gandhi alleged the government of “beating, threatening and bullying” farmers, adding that the controversial farm laws should be repealed immediately.

Priyanka Gandhi also criticised the government over its measures to restrict the movement of farmers. She questioned whether the government was fighting a war against the farmers.

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Notably, Congress has extended full support to the farmers’ agitation claiming that the government has passed the legislations to help the corporates. The party has claimed that the farm laws are anti-farmers.

Farmers groups facing flak

The farmers group are facing flak for the violence that erupted during their tractor rally on January 26. Over 30 FIRs have been registered by the Delhi Police against the alleged perpetrators of violence that left close to 400 cops injured. Also, a farmer died after a tractor overturned on him. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had criticised the violence saying that the country is hurt due to the insult of the tricolour. He referred to the Red Fort incident where the protestors unfurled a religious flag.

Many groups, allegedly claiming that they are local residents, have also entered into a tussle with farmers and have asked them to vacate the place as it is causing inconvenience. Many farmers groups have also left the agitation after the January 26 violence.

 

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