New Delhi: After two months of peaceful protest, yesterday, the capital witnessed violent scenes during the farmers’ tractor rally. Several cases of clashes with the policemen and broken barricades were reported all across the city.
Reportedly, a protester died when his tractor overturned while ramming a road barrier at ITO. Along with it at least 150 police personnel got injured as mobs resorted to violence and vandalism while they attempted to enter the capital forcefully during the Republic Day parade.
While some parts of the capital reported peaceful protests by the farmers, other parts of the city saw farmers fencing against the cops, and cops responding with Lathi Charge and Tear gas.
Starting from all the border points, farmers had initially announced to start the tractor parade post the Republic Day Parade and they had assured that it would be peaceful. But the protest not only started earlier than the decided time, but also became violent. The farmers stormed the Red Fort and caused harm to heritage buildings like the Red Fort.
As the night fell, the Red Fort was again secured completely, the flags hoisted by farmers were removed, and protesters were made to vacate the premises.
Speaking to the media, Delhi police said the clashes had led to “extensive damage to public property” and injuries to “many policemen.”
Along with this, Samyukta Kisan Morcha has issued a statement distancing itself from the ‘violent elements’. The farmer body strongly condemned the incidents, and called off the tractor rally with immediate effect while maintaining that the movement will continue peacefully.
Farmer leaders have also announced a plan to march on foot to Parliament on February 1, the day the Union Budget will be presented to protest against the three farm laws passed by the Centre.
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