Delhi clash: Farmer leaders condemn violence, claim 'anti-social' elements role

Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said on Tuesday said there are people from political parties who are trying to malign the agitation against new farm laws and called upon farmers to maintain discipline. His remarks came in the wake of reports of violence after farmers did not follow the marked route for their tractor march on Republic Day and forcibly entered central Delhi by removing police barricades. He said those indulging in violence are not farmers. "Farmers should maintain discipline and carry out parade on the designated route. If some people have forgotten the route and entered Delhi, they should reach the site of the protest, “he said. Earlier, wielding sticks and clubs and holding the tricolour and union flags, tens of thousands of farmers atop tractors broke barriers, clashed with police and entered the city from various points to lay siege to the Red Fort and climb the flagpole on Republic Day on Tuesday. A protesting farmer died after his tractor overturned at ITO during the farmers’ tractor parade on Tuesday, police said. Watch the full video for more details.