Delhi Police issued notices to at least 20 farmer leaders; Sought reply within 3 days

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The notices come in the backdrop of violence that erupted in the national capital as several farm union groups defied the time conditions stated by the Delhi Police for the tractor rally. 

 

Delhi Police has issued notices to at least 20 farmer leaders on Thursday for breaching the agreement with police regarding the farmers' tractor rally on the Republic Day. 

According to the official report, the notice was served by the police to farmer leaders including Yogendra Yadav, Baldev Singh Sirsa and Balbir S Rajewal and asked them to give a reply within three days.

The notices come in the backdrop of violence that erupted in the national capital as several farm union groups defied the time conditions stated by the Delhi Police for the tractor rally. 

The farmers were allotted the time slot between noon and 5pm to conduct the parade started over an hour earlier and entered central Delhi despite the police warning.

The protesting farmers broke the police  barricades, subsequently clashes broke out between them and the cops,resulting the death of one protester. Several policemen were injured in the violence.

The police are likely to issue a number and appeal general public to send mobile videos related to the January 26 violence on it. Those videos will be considered as proof.

Delhi Police has held the farmer and their leaders responsible for the violence in the national capital during 'Kisan Gantantra Parade' while the farmer unions have called it a conspiracy against their anti-farm laws movement. 

According to the official report, 19 people have been so far arrested and over 25 criminal cases were registered by Delhi Police in connection with the violence that broke out during the farmers' tractor march on Tuesday.

Farmers are continuing their protests at Tikri and Ghazipur borders against the central agriculture laws.

Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

The eleventh round of talks between farmers and the government was held on Friday.

However, the talks of farmer unions and the government have seemingly broken down after the former insisted on their demand for the repeal of three new farm laws and the latter asked them to reconsider its offer to put these laws on hold for about 18 months.

 

With inputs from Agency

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