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Security Personnel Block Kisan Kranti Padyatra Protestors At Delhi-UP Border

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| October 2 , 2018 , 12:22 IST

Security personnel blocked the entry of more than 20,000 protesting farmers that were attempting to enter the national capital from the Delhi-UP border as a part of the 'Kisan Kranti Padyatra' rally launched by the farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union.

The rally would conclude at the Rajghat and coincides with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Tuesday, but was not allowed to enter Delhi. Police resorted to water cannons to keep back the crowds. 

According to reports, the farmers are protesting against 'unfriendly' government policies for farmers and are demanding complete loan waiver, reduction in electricity tariff, and provision of pension to every farmer above the age of 60 years, among other demands.

Led by Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait, around 20,000 farmers are marching from Haridwar to New Delhi and their demands include loan waivers, clearance of pending sugarcane payments and implementation of the Swaminathan Committee Report.

“We will continue our march till our demands are met. The talks (with the ministers) should go on. Whenever we feel that our work is done, we will stop our protest. If farmers are given an assurance, they will be happy. We have already given four years to the government to meet our demands. It is time that our demands are met,” Tikait said.

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Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has imposed prohibitory orders in areas bordering Uttar Pradesh in anticipation of law and order problems.

“A large number of protesters are likely to reach Delhi from bordering areas of east district. This may create law and order situation and may create chaos and endanger human life and property in the area,” said deputy commissioner of police (east) Pankaj Singh.

The protestors may also be carrying sticks, lathis and cans due to which the security has further been boosted.

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"The yatra, thus has the potential of disruption of traffic and creating law and order problems. Hence, it is essential to maintain law and order and peace in the national capital territory of Delhi with intent to avoid any inconvenience to the general public," the prohibitory order said.

In east Delhi, prohibitory orders issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Pankaj Singh under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code will be in force till October 8, covering areas of Preet Vihar, Jagatpuri, Shakarpur, Madhu Vihar, Ghazipur, Mayur Vihar, Mandawli, Pandav Nagar, Kalyanpuri and New Ashok Nagar police station limits.

In northeast Delhi, prohibitory orders issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) Atul Kumar Thakur and will be in force till October 4.