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January 30, 2021 / 11:07 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights | Delhi Police files FIR against Shashi Tharoor, others in relation to Republic Day violence

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' agitation has entered the 66th day.

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 66th day today. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The protest started on November 26. The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system being retained. Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have

ended in a stalemate. Protesting farmers fear that the new laws will dismantle the MSP system and corporatise farming. The Supreme Court had earlier ordered a stay on the implementation of these contentious laws, hoping it will end the protest. The farm union leaders have also rejected Centre's proposal to suspend implementation of the laws for the 18 months. Some protesters breached barricades and clashed with police on January 26 when the farmers were staging a tractor rally in the national capital. Some also stormed the historic Red Fort. Hundreds of individuals from both, the police and protesters, were injured during the violent incident. The Delhi Police has issued notices to around 20 farmer leaders over the incident, asking why legal action should not be taken against them.

  • Farmers' Protest Highlights | Delhi Police files FIR against Shashi Tharoor, others in relation to Republic Day violence
    LIVE Updates | Farmers' protest - File image: An officer briefs fellow policemen at the site of an ongoing protests against farm refrom laws at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India on January 29, 2021. (Image: AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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  • January 30, 2021 / 11:08 PM IST

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  • January 30, 2021 / 10:36 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Republic Day violence: Delhi Police files case against Tharoor, others

    The Delhi Police has filed a case against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, The Caravan and others for allegedly misleading public regarding the death of a protester at ITO during the violence on Republic Day, officials said on Saturday.

    The case has been registered at the IP Estate police station under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, police said.

    Earlier, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and six journalists have been booked by the Noida Police for sedition, among other charges, over the violence during the farmers'' tractor rally in Delhi, officials had said.

    Madhya Pradesh police have also filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Tharoor and the six journalists over their ''misleading'' tweets on the violence during the farmers'' tractor rally in Delhi.

  • January 30, 2021 / 10:35 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | AAP wants Punjab cops for farmers’ protection at Delhi borders, Congress ridicules demand

    The AAP Saturday asked the Punjab government to deploy the state police to provide security to farmers protesting at Delhi borders, alleging the agitators were being "attacked" as the BJP was trying to "suppress" their movement with the help of its aides.

    However, the ruling Congress ridiculed the demand of the main opposition party, saying there was not an "anarchist" government in the state, "like Arvind Kejriwal (was) in Delhi".

    Aam Aadmi Party leader and the party''s Punjab co-incharge Raghav Chadha alleged the BJP was attempting to "suppress" the ongoing farmers’ movement with the help of its aides and claimed that farmers were being "attacked" at the protest sites, charges coming after violent clashes between farmers and "locals" at the Ghazipur border and stone-pelting at the Singhu border.

  • January 30, 2021 / 08:27 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Jt CP (Crime) B K Singh: National Forensic Sciences University team has been called to analyse videos related to Delhi tractor rally violence.

  • January 30, 2021 / 08:26 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Jt CP (Crime) BK Singh: Delhi Police has received 1,700 video clips, CCTV footage from public related to tractor rally violence

  • January 30, 2021 / 07:44 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Day after violence, Singhu border turns into fortress

    Delhi's Singhu border was fortified with several layers of barricades and increased presence of security personnel on Saturday, a day after violence erupted during a demonstration by ''locals'' against agitating farmers sitting there for over two months to demand the repeal of Centre's new agri laws.

    The venue on the GT Karnal road, one of the major protest sites, also had a thinner presence than previous days even though protesting farmers asserted that it was "swelling" with more people from Punjab and Haryana coming to join them.

    The entry to the farmers'' protest venue was closely guarded by police and para military personnel with even mediapersons finding it difficult to reach there.

    A senior police officer, on condition of anonymity, said "There is blanket order not to allow free movement across the protest site in view of yesterday''s violent protest as any mischief could aggravate the situation."

  • January 30, 2021 / 07:42 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa CM to use resources to find missing farmers

    Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa on January 30 urged Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to use all available sources to trace over 100 farmers who have been “missing” since January 26 tractor rally in Delhi. Citing some media reports, Bajwa wrote to Amarinder Singh, saying “over 100 farmers from the state have been missing since the incidents that occurred on January 26 in Delhi”. There has been no word to the families regarding their status or present conditions, claimed the Rajya Sabha MP.

    “I urge you to use all resources available to the government of Punjab to trace these farmers and ensure their return,” wrote Bajwa. “It is extremely worrying that Punjabi farmers have been detained with no information being shared with their families or lawyers,” he added in his letter. Citing the stone-pelting incident at Delhi’s Singhu border on Friday, Bajwa, in a statement here, also urged the CM to deploy the Punjab police personnel for the safety of protesting farmers at protest sites.

  • January 30, 2021 / 07:16 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | People in villages cried, couldn't sleep when Tikait wept: Farmers

    BKU leader Rakesh Tikait's emotional outburst over the dim situation of the ongoing farmers' agitation touched such an emotional chord with people in villages in western Uttar Pradesh that many of them were also moved to tears and felt so restless they couldn't sleep that night, say several farmers.

    On Thursday night, Tikait, son of legendary farmer leader Mahendra Singh Tikait, wept at the Ghazipur border while talking about the farmers' protests, whose image took a beating after the violent clashes on January 26.

    But his tears galvanised people, as on Saturday a large number of farmers and other supporters came to the protest site at the Delhi-UP border from not just his home state of Uttar Pradesh but from Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand as well to show solidarity with the movement.

  • January 30, 2021 / 07:13 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Resolve grows stronger, farmers say movement not affected by January 26 incident

    Solidarity among farmers at the Ghazipur border protest site here showed no signs of waning on Saturday with their leaders reaffirming their resolve to carry on the long-drawn movement against the new farm laws.

    Days after BKU leader Rakesh Tikait''s emotional appeal had galvanised farmers from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to flock to the Delhi-UP border site, several farmers said, "the fight shall go on against all odds."

    Tikait on Saturday addressed a huge crowd at the protest site, which has become a new focal point of the agitation after his teary-eyed speech when the number of farmers at Ghazipur border seemed to have thinned after the January 26 violent clashes.

    He reaffirmed the resolve of the farmers in this agitation, saying they have fought this battle for over two months now, and "they won''t relent or retreat".


  • January 30, 2021 / 06:40 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Grand Alliance in Bihar forms human chains against new farm laws

    Supporters of the opposition Grand Alliance in Bihar on Saturday formed human chains across the state as an expression of solidarity with the farmers who have been agitating in the national capital seeking the repeal of the contentious farm laws.

    Leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav took part in the demonstration in front of the Buddha Smriti Park here, a stone's throw from the Patna Junction, where he was joined by alliance partners, most notably party emblem waving workers from the Left who have been enthused since the CPI(ML), the CPI and the CPI(M) showed signs of recovery in the recently held assembly polls. (PTI)

  • January 30, 2021 / 06:17 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Three contentious farm laws will affect MSP, weaken mandi system: Sharad Pawar

    Raising concerns over the three new farm laws, NCP President Sharad Pawar on Saturday said the legislation will adversely affect the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and weaken the mandi system. 

    Pawar said he virtually participated in the all-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which issues related to the proposed agenda for the Budget session, farmers'' agitation, women's bill and other important issues were discussed. 

    The farmers have been seeking repeal of three farm bills: Farmers'' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

    Pawar said the new laws will adversely impact the MSP procurement infrastructure thereby weakening the mandi system. MSP mechanism has to be ensured and strengthened further, he added.

  • January 30, 2021 / 05:39 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Violence on Republic Day scripted by BJP to discredit farmers' movement: AAP

    The AAP on January 30 claimed that the violence that took place during the tractor parade on January 26 was scripted by the BJP with the help of Delhi Police to "defame and discredit" the farmers'' movement.

    Addressing a press conference, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj called BJP leaders the "greatest anti-nationals" and demanded that cases of sedition must be filed against them and probed by the NIA.

    An immediate reaction was not available from the BJP.

    "Police and BJP together scripted the violence of January 26 and the days after. This script was prepared by the BJP with the help of Delhi Police to defame and discredit the farmers'' movement," the AAP leader claimed.