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Farmers’ protest: Two unions withdraw from ongoing protest following R Day violence

NEW DELHI: Two farmer unions withdrew from the ongoing agitation on Delhi’s borders today, a day after violence broke out in Delhi during the tractor parade.

Speaking to the media, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) president Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh said he was deeply pained by whatever happened during the tractor parade in the national capital, adding that his union was ending its protest.

Meanwhile, Khalistan supporters on Wednesday held a protest outside the Indian embassy in Washington DC in support of farmers demonstrating against the the three farm laws in India. The supporters raised the Khalistani flag and held banners that read “We are farmers, not terrorists.”

The protests in the US came just a day after agitating farmers stormed Delhi’s Red Fort and unleashed violence in the city during a tractor rally on Republic Day. Violating the routes permitted to take out the rally in the national capital, the farmers began to break police barricades, vandalize public property, engaged in violent clashes with the cops that led to mass injuries. At least 83 police personnel were injured in the violence.

Even as violence broke out, farm union leader Rakesh Tikait denied reports of violence and claimed that the march was peaceful. He said that the Centre should repeal the farm laws or farmers would continue to protest.

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