Man Who Attacked Cop With Sword At Farmers’ Protest, 43 Others Arrested

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Several people including a police officer were injured in the violence.

New Delhi:

The Delhi Police have arrested 44 people, including the man who attacked a police officer on Friday with a sword during clashes at Singhu border between Delhi and Haryana, the epicenter of the two-month long farmer protest against three central laws. The police had to fire tear gas and use batons to break up a clash between farmers and a large group of men claiming to be local residents who threw stones at each other at the Singhu border.

Thousands of farmers reached protest sites on Friday and more are expected to join soon as union leaders accused the government of trying to destroy their “peaceful” agitation and sought support of people in observing January 30 as Sadbhavna Diwas.

Delhi Police officer Pradeep Paliwal was injured in the violence after a man attacked him with a sword during the violence in the day. Some people were also wounded.

Probing the Republic Day violence, the Delhi Police has asked nine farmer leaders – Rakesh Tikait, Pawan Kumar, Raj Kishore Singh, Tajender Singh Virk, Jitender Singh, Trilochan Singh, Gurmukh Singh, Harpreet Singh and Jagtar Singh Bajwa – to join the investigation.

At Ghazipur border, one of the other protest sites, thousands of farmers from western Uttar Pradesh joined the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) members who have stayed put on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway despite the Ghaziabad administration’s ultimatum to vacate the area.

Around 3,000 security personnel, including those from the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in anti-riot gears and civil police, were posted in and around Ghazipur protest site, senior police officer Indiapuram Anshu Jain told news agency PTI.

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The size of the crowd, which increased manifold overnight, was estimated around five to six thousand by districts officials while BKU office-bearers present there claimed it to be upwards of 10,000 on Friday evening.

The size of the crowd, which increased manifold overnight, was estimated around five to six thousand by districts officials while BKU office-bearers present there claimed it to be upwards of 10,000 on Friday evening.

The GIC ground near Mahaveer Chowk in Muzaffarnagar was packed, a sea of people congregating to back the protesters at UP Gate in Ghazipur. Hundreds of tractors with the tricolour and flags of farm unions were parked along city roads, disrupting traffic movement.

On Saturday, the farmers will observe ‘Sadbhavna Diwas’ on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary and fast from 9 am to 5 pm. Addressing a press conference at Singhu border, farmer leaders appealed to the people of the country to join them.



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