Tractor Burning Shows Public Anger, says Amarinder Singh On India Gate Protest

A tractor was set on fire near India Gate in the pith of Delhi this morning during protests against the controversial farm laws, which have kick-started widespread protests. The police have removed the tractor and the fire has been put out by the fire department.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave assent to the three bills passed in parliament last Sunday, that have triggered farmers’ protest, especially in Punjab and Haryana.

“Today at around 7:15 AM, some (15-20) persons carrying 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,” Delhi Police said in a statement. According to the police, the protesters had raised pro-Congress slogans.

The Punjab Youth Congress live-streamed this morning’s protest at India Gate on its official Facebook page. Punjab Youth Congress workers had allegedly tried to set a tractor on fire in Haryana’s Ambala on September 20.

Five people – all from Punjab – have been identified and arrested by the police, and the car in which they were travelling has been seized.

“Congress workers brought a tractor on a truck and set it on fire near India Gate. This is the drama of Congress. This is why people voted the Congress out of power,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted in Hindi.

Huge farmers’ protests have been held over the laws, especially in Punjab and Haryana, states that are dubbed the grain bowl of the country. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh held a sit-in in Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

Protests by farmers against the three farm laws continued on Sunday, with farmers in Punjab sitting on the Amritsar-Delhi railway track. Farmers, under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, have been staging a sit-in on the rail track in Punjab since last Wednesday.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who held a sit-in today against the three controversial farm laws, attacked the central government as he asked: “Why is the MSP (minimum support price for the farmers’ produce) not a part of the bills?”

He said protests at India Gate “shows the anger of the people”. “The incident shows the anger of the people. In the last three years, Punjab has given ₹ 5,000 crores to farmers. They don’t know now who is going to buy the food from them. If a farmer’s child is ill, how is he going to arrange the money if there are no commission agents,” the Punjab Chief Minister said, dismissing claims by opponents that his protest was a ‘political stunt’.