The actions by farmers on the outskirts of Delhi between September and December final 12 months left the police with no possibility however to make use of tear fuel, water cannons and drive to regulate the gang, the House Ministry mentioned in parliament on Tuesday.
The federal government was responding to questions within the Lok Sabha from 5 Congress MPs, who requested why the police used tear fuel and batons in opposition to the farmers within the final 4 months of 2020, particulars of circumstances filed in opposition to them and the variety of protesters who’ve died by suicide on the protest.
“They (farmers) aggressively resorted to rioting, harm to authorities property and used prison drive to discourage public servants from the discharge of their responsibility, thereby inflicting accidents to the on-duty police personnel,” Minister of State for House Affairs G Kishan Reddy mentioned.
“They gathered in massive numbers with out face masks amid COVID-19 pandemic. The farmers’ actions left the Delhi Police with no possibility however to make use of tear fuel, water cannons and gentle drive to regulate the gang,” Mr Reddy mentioned.
On the police utilizing tear fuel and resorting to using drive in opposition to protesting farmers, the minister mentioned it has been reported by the Delhi Police that giant convoys of agitating farmers in tractor trolleys “tried to furiously drive their approach and go previous police barricades to enter Delhi”.
Mr Reddy additionally knowledgeable the Lok Sabha that 39 circumstances had been registered between September and December 2020 in opposition to farmers protesting the agricultural legal guidelines at Delhi’s borders. These 39 circumstances had been excluding these registered after the farmers’ tractor rally violence on January 26.
The minister additionally mentioned that the Delhi Police has knowledgeable the House Ministry that one suicide case was reported through the interval on the protest.
Earlier than the clashes on Republic Day final month, triggered by sections of the farmers’ large tractor parade straying from agreed routes, the police in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand had violently tried on a number of events.to cease the farmers’ protest that has emerged as one of many largest to challenges for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he took workplace in 2014.
The farmers have been protesting in opposition to the legal guidelines pushed by means of parliament by the federal government final September which they are saying will go away them on the mercy of huge corporates. The federal government has denied the cost and mentioned the legal guidelines will give extra choices to the growers to promote their produce.