The Delhi Police have registered 22 cases in connection with Tuesday’s violence during the farmers’ tractor rally in which over 300 cops were injured and one farmer died. Several farmer leaders have been named in the FIRs, while the police are scanning CCTV footage to identify more culprits.
Union home minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting and it has been decided to deploy additional forces in Delhi. Neighbouring states Punjab and Haryana have been placed under high alert. As a precautionary measure, internet services have been suspended in the Delhi-NCR region.
Farmers’ violent tractor rally
The farmers’ tractor rally that was supposed to be a peaceful march turned violent on Tuesday, with farmers deviating from the approved route, entering the national capital, breaking police barricades, damaging police and public vehicles, and attacking policemen who were deployed to control the crowd.
In visuals from across the national capital, farmers could be seen chasing down policemen who were trying to safeguard themselves and resorting to stone-pelting. In several crucial intersections in Delhi, the policemen were outnumbered by the farmers. The protestors also reached Red Fort and waved flags.
As a precautionary measure, several stations of Delhi Metro were closed to avoid any untoward incident. In fact, farmers entered into a direct clash with Delhi police at ITO and police had to resort to mild lathicharge and fire tear gas shells. One person died after a tractor overturned at Delhi’s DDU Marg. Farmers also reached Red Fort and created a ruckus.
Morning shows the day
Protesting farmers at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders on Tuesday clashed with the Delhi Police and broke barricades to force their way into the national capital much ahead of the time granted by the police for their tractor rally.
Police had to fire tear gas shells after farmers tried marching towards Delh at Ghazipur border for the tractor rally.
In Delhi’s Mukarba Chowk, police had to use tear gas when farmers attempted to break cement barriers using tractors. Windows of buses and police vehicles were broken by the protestors. There were also reports of protestors snatching a tear gas gun and attacks on policemen.
Notably, the Delhi police had given permission to the farmers to carry out a peaceful tractor rally with 37 riders. The police had clarified that the rally will be allowed to start only after the Republic Day celebrations in the national capital comes to an end.
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