Recently, Rajya Sabha passed 7 key bills including farm Bills amid high drama. Farmers across several states are holding protests against the three contentious farm-sector bills tabled by the government in Parliament — Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill.
Various farmers’ organisations staged protests against the bills over fear that they will no longer get paid at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). They have expressed apprehension that the three bills will pave the way for dismantling the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates.
The Congress’s youth wing on Monday said a group of its members set a tractor on fire at India Gate, Delhi in protest against the new farm laws.
Earlier, Congress workers burnt the same tractor 8 days ago at Ambala protests. ABP News has revealed that the tractor was first burnt in Ambala on the 20th of September. Eight days later, the half-burnt tractor was set on fire in Delhi.
The tractor was brought to Delhi by members of the Punjab Youth Congress and kept overnight at the residence of a Congress leader in Delhi. Five people have already been arrested related to the incident.
“Today [Monday] at around 7:15 am, some [15-20] persons carrying a tractor in Tata 407 vehicle came at Rajpath, Man Singh Crossing. They offloaded the tractor and tried to set it ablaze. They claimed to be members of Youth Congress, Punjab. Appropriate legal action has been taken,” a Delhi police spokesman said.
Passersby informed police about the incident and said that protesters were burning a tractor at India Gate and raising slogans of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan”. Some also went live on social media from the spot. They were also carrying effigies.
Deputy police commissioner Eish Singhal said: “Our men reached the spot and doused the fire before the tractor was completely burnt. The vehicle has been removed and legal action is being taken.”
Officials said the adequate police force has been deployed in the area to avoid a repeat of such an incident.