New Delhi: Some 80,000 farmers who were camping on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh since Tuesday ended their protest after the were allowed to march to Delhi's Kisan Ghat in the mid-night.
Kisan Ghat is the memorial of renowned farmer leader Chaudhary Charan Singh, near Raj Ghat. Calling off their protest which started on September 23, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leaders said they have reached an agreement with the union government on their demands.
"Our aim was to reach Kisan Ghat.. Around 12:30 mid-night, the police finally made way for us and we marched there. We reached Kisan Ghat at around 1:30 and placed flowers at the memorials of Chaudhury Charan Singh and Mahatma Gandhi,” said Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesman Rakesh Tikait.
Tikait said they have reached an agreement with the Centre, which, according to them, has accepted "most of the demands". He also said 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 said while talking to reporters.
The schools and colleges in Ghaziabad remained closed today as the protesting farmers started marching back to their homes.
Earlier on Tuesday thousand of farmers, close to 80,000 as claimed by activists, camped near Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, refusing to stop their protest unless all their demands are met.
A number of farmers, who were led by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) of Mahendra SinghTikait, were reported to have been injured after they clashed with the police who stopped them from entering the national capital.
Television footage and photos widely shared on social media sites showed police and para-military forces using water canons and tear gas shells to stop farmers. Police also deflated tyers of their tractors.
Spearheaded as Kisan Kranti Padyatra, the farmers' rally began from Tikait Ghat in Haridwar on September 23 and was to culminate at Kisan Ghat.
The rally was an echo of the massive protest of almost 5 lakh farmers by BKU founder late Mahendra Singh Tikait at Delhi's Boat Club in October 1988. The Tikait clan, including Mahendra Singh's four sons, their wives, grandsons and their children have also hit the streets along with others.
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