Farmers disperse as rally ends in Delhi today

Farmers’ rally, which was marred by violence on Tuesday at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, finally ended after the protesters were allowed to enter Delhi early this morning.
The police had opened the barricades at the border, allowing the farmers to enter the capital. Led by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Naresh Tikait, over 400 tractors carrying thousands of farmers reached Kisan Ghat, media reports said.
At around 5.30 am, the farmers began dispersing from Delhi’s Kisan Ghat.
The farmers reportedly said they have reached an agreement with the Centre, which, according to them, has accepted “most of the demands”.
They were also quoted as saying that their prime demand of increasing the price of crops has been agreed upon by the government.
“There are several issues. We will wait and see what will be done in five to six days. Many farmers left left their homes 10 to 16 days ago. So we’re sending them back home,” Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), was quoted as saying by NDTV.
On Tuesday, the farmers were stopped from entering the national capital which resulted in a violent clash with the police. They have been protesting as part of their “Kisan Kranti Padyatra” to demand loan waiver, subsidised electricity and fuel, pension for farmers above 60 and implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.
The ‘Kisan Kranti Padyatra’ had started from Tikait Ghat in Haridwar on September 23 and farmers from places as far as Gonda, Basti and Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh and the sugarcane belt of western UP joined the agitation.

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