As many as 200 people earlier on Friday gathered at the Delhi-Haryana Singhu border demanding the protestors to clear the site.
The locals claiming to have come from nearby villages, besides protesting, also threw stones at tents that have been erected by the farmers for over two months now. Some people, reportedly, also attacked a policeman with a sword during the clash.
During the clash, a police officer was reported injured. As the situation went out of control, police sort to using tear gas shells and lathi-charge the crowd to ensure the maintenance of law and order. Farmers too appealed for calm.
The people who barged into the protest site also tried to vandalise other infrastructure such as washing machines. The police was seen trying to keep the vandals away from the protesting farmers.
This, however, is not the first instance when the locals have gathered like this to protest against the farmers. Both yesterday and today, locals have also gathered at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh Tikri border demanding the removal of farmers protesting there, especially Rakesh Tikait.
Locals were reportedly angry about the havoc the farmers had caused on January 26 at Red Fort and against the policemen and also accused them of insulting the country’s flag.
Tikait and farmers at Tikri, yesterday, were also given an ultimatum by the UP administration to clear the Ghazipur border. However, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson didn’t leave and also called a “Mahapanchayat” amid a huge backlash over Tuesday’s violence during their tractor rally.
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