Mumbai: Bengaluru City Police on Monday prevented the entry of tractors into the city ahead of the planned Republic Day farmers’ rally. However, this has triggered outrage among civil society groups who are now lending their support.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant told reporters, “If farmers come in cars, buses and jeeps, then there is no problem. There is no permission to do any tractor rally.”
It was earlier reported that several farmer groups in Karnataka decided to take out a tractor rally on Republic Day in Bengaluru to show solidarity with farmers in Delhi. Farmers from various parts of the city were gathered at Freedom Park on Tuesday afternoon.
As widely reported, farmers camped in Delhi have been protesting against the three contentious farm laws for more than two months. A Republic Day rally is set to be held on the Outer Ring Road.
“In some districts and outside the Bengaluru limits, some farmers are being stopped. We have requested the police authorities to allow the farmers to come to the city as we will hold peaceful protests only. Now if the farmers can’t make their way into the city because of this, then we will not be responsible if the farmers block highways,” Khet Mazdoor Congress President Sachin Mega told TNM.