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Farmers protest: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh appeals to all farmers to leave and return back to their camps

Rida Shaikh

Responding to the visuals of violence in Delhi orchestrated by the protesting farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has appealed to all ‘genuine farmers' to vacate the parts of Delhi where scenes of highly unprecedented violence took place. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed to all the people included in the farmers protest to leave and return to the city's borders where they all have been peacefully protesting against the farm laws.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said, “Shocking scenes in Delhi... violence by some elements is unacceptable. It'll negate goodwill generated by peaceful protests. Kisan leaders have disassociated themselves and suspended tractor rally... urge all genuine farmers to vacate Delhi and return to the borders.”

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also directed the Punjab police to stay on high alert and to protect the law and order in the state at all costs.

The farmers protest took an unprecedented turn when the Red Fort complex was captured by them in the afternoon after thousands of them stormed the barricades during their ‘peaceful' tractor march. Visuals indicated that many farmers climbed onto the flagpole below the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort where Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on Independence Day.
They also took over the Ramlila Maidan outside the Red Fort with their tractors where the rally was officially planned to have been carried out. The farmers were heard saying that they won’t leave Delhi but they are expected to move after the negotiations with the Delhi Police.

The violence began in Delhi when the farmers broke the barricades and stormed into Delhi, this deviating from the route that was agreed upon by both the farmers and the Delhi Police.

One of the farmers spoke to NDTV and said that they were trying to convey a message and now that it has been conveyed, they will leave the Red Fort. He said, “We came here to deliver a message to the Modi government, our job is done. We will go back now.”

“We managed to reach the Fort even though they tried to stop us. We will not stop till we reach our goal -- the repeal of the three farm laws.”

 

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