Police use water cannon in Panipat to cease Haryana Youth Congress ‘tractor rally’ to Delhi

Mukesh Tandon
Tribune News Service
Panipat, September 24

Haryana Police used water cannons on Wednesday to cease Haryana Youth Congress (HYC) activists from heading towards Delhi as protests intensified in opposition to the three controversial farm Bills.

Police use water cannon to cease Haryana Youth Congress activists in Samalkha of Panipat on Wednesday. Tribune photograph

Police stopped a whole lot of protesters heading towards Delhi in tractors on a flyover on nationwide highway-44 in Samalkha of Panipat district, resulting in a conflict. Police claimed that the repeated entreaties to retreat went unheard. Some protesters even tried to leap over barricades set as much as cease the rally from shifting ahead, police stated, prompting them to make use of water cannon to disperse the swelling crowd.  

“Some activists have been detained to deal with any untoward situation and were released later,” DSP (Headquarter) Satish Kumar Vats stated.

Protesters had been responding to HYC’s name to rally in opposition to the three Bills and had gathered on the Panipat grain market. The crowd primarily comprised farmers, arhtiyas and farm labourers.

The three controversial Bills—The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill,  the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill—passed not too long ago by Parliament has drawn protests each inside and out of doors the legislature.

Farmers and critics of the Bill worry that the Bills, which the federal government claims are main reforms to the sector to supply higher costs to farmers, as technique of eliminating the Minimum Support Price—the honest value system by which farmers are minimal value for his or her produce no matter varied market fluctuations.

Their fears are primarily based on the Bills’ transfer to permit farm buying and selling past APMC’s attain, which farmers say could possibly be detrimental to their pursuits and expose them to exploitation.

Youth Congress nationwide president Srinivas BV referred to as the Bills “anti farmer decisions” and stated that the protests will intensify.

HYC state president Sachin Kundu stated the way in which the central authorities had the three Bills handed was “anti-democratic”, and that the three Bills may worsen farm misery and result in extra suicides amongst farmers.

“These agricultural ordinances were a direct attack on the Mandi system,” he stated.

The Bills has turned a significant flashpoint in Parliament as effectively: protests over the style wherein the Bill was handed led to suspension of eight Rajya Sabha Members, and led a number of main opposition events to walkout of the House and finally determine to boycott proceedings until the suspension was revoked.   

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