In a major development, the Delhi Police on Sunday granted permission to the protesting farmers’ tractor rally planned on Republic Day. The police, however, imposed a number of riders on the rally. It also clarified that the permission was granted as a mark of respect for the farmers’ demand.
The Delhi Police, during a press conference, said that the protesting farmers can enter the national capital on January 26 for the rally, but they would not be allowed to disturb the Republic Day parade. In fact, the tractor rally will be allowed to begin only after the Republic Day parade culminates.
Notably, the farmers need to enter Delhi to access the Ring Road. So far, they were not allowed to enter Delhi and were protesting on Delhi borders against the contentious farm laws passed by the Centre while bracing the cold wave conditions prevalent in north India. Several protesting farmers have so far lost their lives due to the cold, as well as in road accidents.
Centre had opposed tractor rally
The farmers had earlier declared that they will hold a peaceful tractor rally on Republic Day. However, the Centre through the Delhi Police approached the Supreme Court against the tractor rally arguing that it will be an embarrassment for the nation.
However, the Supreme Court has refused to intervene in the matter citing it as a ‘law and order issue’. The apex court said that the decision in this regard will have to be taken by the Delhi Police as it has the requisite powers for the same.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police said that the farmers can enter Delhi for few kilometers and then exit at designation spots. While the number of participating tractors is yet to be decided, the route has been fixed in such a way that it can be protected.
Indicating that stringent security will be provided for the rally, the Delhi Police said their personnel, who will be posted for the Republic Day parade, will have to be ready for further deployment on short notice.
Tractor rally routes
Elaborating on the routes for the tractor rally, the Delhi Police said the first route will begin from Singhu border and will move from Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar to Bawana.
Similarly, the second route will pass through Nangloi-Najafgarh and Jharoda after originating from Tikri border. The third route will lead to Apsara border and Hapur after starting from Ghazipur. All of these processions will converge at Kundli Manesar Palwal Expressway (KMP).
As many as 7,000-8,000 farmers have gathered at the Tikri border for the tractor parade while that number is 1,000 at Ghazipur border and 5,000 at the Singhu border.
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