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Furious farmers set tractor ablaze at India Gate to protest against Farm Bills, 5 arrested

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New Delhi: Amid protests by farmers in different states of India against the government over three farm laws passed by both houses of the parliament of India last week, more than a dozen furious farmers on Monday morning set ablaze a tractor near India Gate.

Quoting police officials, a report by India TV said that around 15-20 people were protesting and five among them, all Punjab residents were detained by police later.

This incident took place during a protest by farmers and opposition parties over the controversial Farm Bill that was passed by parliament last week. The Bill has triggered widespread protest across the country especially in Punjab and Haryana.

“Today at around 7:15 Am, some (15-20) persons carrying tractor in Tata 407 vehicle came at Rajpath, Man Singh Crossing. They offloaded the tractor and tried to set it ablaze. They claimed to be members of Youth Congress Punjab,” a report by NDTV quoted Delhi Police saying in a statement.

The information, according to report, was received by Fire and Emergency officials regarding the incident at 7:42 am and two fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

“Legal action is being taken in the matter. Identity of the persons involved is being ascertained, ”Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Eish Singhal told NDTV.

The report added that the protest was live-streamed by the Punjab Youth Congress at India Gate on his official Facebook Page.

The government has asserted that these bills will allow farmers to sell their products anywhere they want at a better price.

However, farmers have expressed apprehension that the GoI’s farm reforms would pave a way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system and would leave them at the “mercy” of big companies.

 

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