FARM­ERS ON THE WARPATH

India Today - - UPFRONT - PANKAJ NANGIA/MAIL TO­DAY

Po­lice on the bor­der be­tween Ut­tar Pradesh and Delhi pre­vented protest­ing farm­ers from en­ter­ing the cap­i­tal, us­ing wa­ter can­nons, tear­gas and, ac­cord­ing to some wit­nesses, lathis. The force used, crit­ics said, was en­tirely out of pro­por­tion. Or­gan­ised by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), the march be­gan in Harid­war on Septem­ber 23, with farm­ers band­ing to­gether to protest the low min­i­mum sup­port prices and the high cost of fuel. As with many other farm­ers’ marches over the last har­row­ing year, the BKU is also call­ing for loan waivers to help farm­ers cope with crip­pling debts as they con­tinue to bat­tle ad­verse weather and crop fail­ures. Some of the farm­ers de­scribed the “ex­ces­sive” polic­ing as “un­demo­cratic”. After a meet­ing with home min­is­ter Rajnath Singh, some of the farm­ers’ de­mands were ac­cepted but the protests are likely to con­tinue.

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