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Farmers protest: Tractor rally gets Delhi Police’s nod

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Farmers protesting the Centres’ new agricultural laws will be allowed to hold a tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day.
The Delhi Police on Saturday said they have granted permission for the same.

The announcement came a day after farmers rejected an offer by the Centre to defer the three farm laws for 18 months. Farmers had following the rejection said they would step up protests and said they wanted the laws to be repealed.

The tractor rally included farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and western Uttar Pradesh driving their tractors through New Delhi on January 26. India also holds its annual Republic Day parade on the same day which is attended by the Prime Minister.

Earlier some officials were apprehensive about the protests saying it could turn violent. Farmers’ groups have insisted that the rally will be a peaceful one.

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Farmers protesting the Centre’s new farm laws on Friday said they have nabbed a youth who was part of a team assigned to disturb the upcoming tractor rally on January 26.

The farmers also said that the youth told them that he was assigned to shoot four farmer leaders and cause trouble.

Farmers at Singhu Border on Friday in a press conference showed a masked man who claimed his team members were asked to pose as policemen and baton-charge the crowd during the January 26 rally.

The man, who was made to sit and speak in the press conference said half of his team was to pose as policemen and scatter the farmers’ groups on January 26.

 

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