Tractor parade in Noida, BKU (Lok Shakti) condemns Delhi violence

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Noida (UP), Jan 26 (PTI) Hundreds of protestors descended on Noida roads on Tuesday to participate in the tractor parade as part of their demonstration against the new farm laws, even as a farmer union condemned the violence that broke out in Delhi.

Two protestors suffered minor injuries after their tractor overturned during a stunt at Chilla on the Delhi-Noida border in the morning, even as police said there was no law and order situation in Gautam Buddh Nagar district adjoining the national capital.

The tractor was being driven in a circular path at a high speed when it lost balance and overturned. The sight of the flipped tractor, bearing a tricolour and a flag of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu), was short-lived as several protesters came together to put the vehicle back on its four wheels.

Hundreds of farmers from parts of Uttar Pradesh had gathered in Noida on the call of BKU (Bhanu) and BKU (Lok Shakti), the two farmers' unions holding camp here since the first week of December, demanding withdrawal of the three new central farm laws and legalisation of the minimum support price (MSP) for crops.

As part of the tractor parade, the farmers wanted to go to Akshardham via the Delhi-Noida Link Road but were made to return by the Delhi Police from Mayur Vihar in view of the violence that broke out in the national capital.

Members of BKU (Lok Shakti), led by its chief Sheoraj Singh, took an alternative route via New Ashok Nagar to go to Greater Noida and then returned to their protest site at Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida in hundreds of tractors, the factions' spokesperson Shailesh Kumar Giri said.

He said the tractor march was carried out in a very peaceful and cordial atmosphere in a disciplined and non-violent manner, in adherence to the guidelines given by the police.

'The violent activities that have happened today have been done by other farmer groups and should not have happened. I strongly condemn the violence on behalf of my organisation. This is totally a farmers' movement and will remain so. Also, it's a big lapse on part of security agencies which too should not have happened,' Giri said.

On Tuesday afternoon, members of BKU (Bhanu) had closed both the carriageways of the Chilla border, leading to disruption of traffic on the key road connecting Noida and Delhi.

However, the route was partially opened after some time, according to police officials.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Noida, Ranvijay Singh said, “There was no law and order situation in the district due to the farmers' parade today. Adequate security was deployed at areas bordering Delhi in view of this parade and Republic Day.” PTI KIS IJT