Marring the spirit of the Republic Day, the Farmer tractor rally on Tuesday turned violent as protesters broke barricades, clashed with Delhi Police, held the streets to ransom and even reached the iconic Red Fort by deviating from the designated route.
Scenes of chaos and mayhem unfolded at Delhi borders as groups of farmers broke barricades and police check posts and entered the national capital before permitted timings.
Police used tear gas at Delhi’s Mukarba Chowk to bring the groups under control. Clashes also reported at ITO.
A group of farmers deviated from their pre-designated routes and even reached the iconic Red Fort after clashing with the police at ITO, Akshardham and other places in the national capital. The group also hoisted a flag at the iconic Red Fort.
Several rounds of talks between the government and protesting farmers have failed to resolve the impasse over the three farm laws.
The kisan bodies, which have been protesting in the national capital for almost two months, demanding the repeal of three contentious farm laws have remained firm on their decision to hold a tractor rally on the occasion of Republic Day.
The farmer bodies have issued strict instructions to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the protests.
While 3000 volunteers will be assisting Delhi Police in ensuring law and order during the rallies.
A war room has been established to coordinate the peaceful progress of the march.
Each rally will have about 40 volunteers as medical staff, emergency personnel besides others. Farmers have asked to display the national flag and play patriotic songs.
In the morning at Ghazipur border, two police officers Additional DCP East Manjeet and a probationer IPS Officer.
Received injuries as they tried to stop the farmers from breaking the barricades.
Despite all our efforts, some organisations and individuals have violated the route and indulged in condemnable acts. Anti-social elements had infiltrated the otherwise peaceful movement. We have always held that peace is our biggest strength, and that any violation would hurt the movement.
The long struggle for more than 6 months now, and more than 60 days of protest.
At Delhi borders also seemed to have led to this situation.