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Anti-social elements were behind the violence during the tractor parade: Peasant leader Rakesh Tikait | India News

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GHAZIABAD: The leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait, said that some anti-social elements were behind the violence during the parade of agricultural tractors in the national capital on Tuesday.
It was due to the “actions” of the Delhi Police that some anti-social elements entered the parade and provoked the violence, he said.
The national spokesperson for the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) in a statement also alleged that Delhi police had mistakenly placed barricades at some places on the predetermined parade routes.
“This was done intentionally to divert farmers,” Tikait said, adding that because of this, farmers on tractors went astray.
This gave antisocial elements a chance to participate in the tractor rally, he claimed.
BKU believes in peaceful demonstrations and will identify the evildoers behind the violence.
Tikait urged protesting farmers to stay away from the violence. Members of the parade coordinating committee will investigate the reasons behind the violence, he said.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have protested against the Center’s new farm laws at various border points in Delhi since November last year and held tractor parades in the national capital on Tuesday.
Ghaziabad District Information Officer (DIO) Rakesh Chauhan said in a statement that the rally of tractors ended peacefully in Ghaziabad and no adverse incidents occurred.
The administration had made the proper arrangements and senior police and civil officials interacted with peasant leaders every day, he said.

Times of India

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