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By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral

PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 02:56 PM IST

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of orchestrating Friday’s violence at Delhi’s Singhu border. The AAP, which is in power in Delhi, shared photos of some of the “locals” with top leaders of the BJP.

“They were not locals, they were BJP leaders. BJP workers pelted stones on farmers who were protesting peacefully for the last 60 days,” the party said on its official Twitter handle, sharing photos of two of the “locals” with Union home minister Amit Shah and Lok Sabha MP Manoj Tiwari, respectively.

On Friday, several people, claiming to be “locals,” had pelted stones at the farmers protesting against the three farm laws passed by the BJP-ruled Centre last September. The police had to resort to tear gas shelling to restore order, and a policeman was seriously injured after one of the farmers lunged at him with a sword. More than 40 people have been arrested, including the farmer who injured the police official, the Station House Officer (SHO) of a local police station.

Opposition parties, including the AAP and the Congress, have also accused the BJP of being behind the violence during Tuesday’s “kisan tractor parade”. Actor Deep Sidhu, one of several protesters present at the historic Red Fort when a Sikh religious flag was hoisted there, has been accused of being a BJP “mole.” This came after pictures surfaced on social media of Sidhu with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP MP Sunny Deol, who is himself an actor. Deol has already distanced himself from Sidhu.

Also Read | Tractor rally violence: Sunny Deol distances himself from Deep Sidhu

After Friday’s incident, many of the farmers who had left the borders, including those who had come only for the tractor parade and those who left due to the Republic Day violence, have started to return to Delhi. The strength at the Ghazipur border has already swelled, after developments there on Thursday night. Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders have been the epicentres of the anti-farm laws’ protests.

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The stone-pelters clashed with the police, protesting farmers. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The stone-pelters clashed with the police, protesting farmers. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
By Kainat Sarfaraz, SNN, New Delhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 05:51 AM IST

  • Eyewitnesses said that the farmer was intending to drive the stone-pelting mob away, even as police said that he attacked the officer.
HT Image
HT Image

As the dust settled after the violence at Singhu border — where a group of locals claiming to be residents of nearby neighbourhoods clashed with protesters on Friday, leaving at least 15 farmers and five police officers injured — leaders of the agitation said that more protesters will join their stir in the coming days in a press conference

New Delhi: A policeman makes an appeal to the people claiming to be local villagers and farmers not to indulge in clashes at the Singhu Border in New Delhi, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)(PTI01_29_2021_000264B)(PTI)
New Delhi: A policeman makes an appeal to the people claiming to be local villagers and farmers not to indulge in clashes at the Singhu Border in New Delhi, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)(PTI01_29_2021_000264B)(PTI)

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 08:31 PM IST

The group claiming to be locals demanded that the farmers vacate the Singhu border, one of the main protest sites around the national capital, alleging that they had “insulted” the national flag during their tractor parade on Republic Day.

A protester stands on a barricade that was put up by the police on Thursday at Singhu border.(PTI Photo)
A protester stands on a barricade that was put up by the police on Thursday at Singhu border.(PTI Photo)
By Kainat Sarfaraz, SNN, New Delhi

UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 08:25 PM IST

  • Around 12pm, around 50 people gathered near the KMSC stage raising slogans against the farmers and demanding that the protest at Singhu border be cleared.
Heavy deployment of police personnel at Singhu border after clashes broke out on Friday. (HT Photo)
Heavy deployment of police personnel at Singhu border after clashes broke out on Friday. (HT Photo)

By Kainat Sarfaraz and Ashish Mishra

UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 02:51 PM IST

Delhi Police had to fire multiple rounds of tear gas shells at Singhu border to stop the two groups from becoming more violent. At least one person and one police official was injured in the stone-pelting

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