Mumbai: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday condemned the violence in the national capital during the farmers’ protest on Republic Day and reprimanded the central government, saying that it was regrettable that the central government allowed the situation to deteriorate to such an extent.
The party said in a statement that the peasant leaders said those who indulged in the violence were “outsiders”, but “the violence has weakened the movement which was going on peacefully.”
“We strongly condemn the violence seen in today’s protest. It is regrettable that the central government has allowed the situation to deteriorate to such an extent. This movement has been peaceful for the last two months. Farmer leaders have said that those who Were not part of the movement today and were external elements. Whoever they were, the violence has certainly weakened the movement which was going on so peacefully and in a disciplined manner,” the statement said.
After breaking the police barricades parked in front of the Old Delhi Police Headquarters, the protesters reached the ITO of Central Delhi and were seen stopping vehicles. The police fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters.
Several people, including police personnel, were injured during the clash. The protesters also entered the Red Fort complex in the national capital and waved flags.
A protestor also placed the mast on the ramparts of the 17th-century monument and erected the ‘Nishan Sahib’flag, where the tricolour was hoisted.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) closed the entry and exit gates of several stations in view of the situation created by the protesters. Internet services were temporarily suspended in some areas of the national capital.
The protesters entering Delhi did not follow the route marked for their tractor march on Republic Day and forcibly removed the police barricades and entered central Delhi. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a group of peasant unions, today said it condemned and regretted the violence in the national capital during the farmers’ protests.
“Antisocial elements infiltrated the otherwise peaceful movement. We have always believed that peace is our greatest strength and any violation will harm the movement.”
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.