- 83 police personnel injured
- Several public properties damaged
- Anti-social elements infiltrated, says Farmers’ Union
New Delhi: Indian Capital witnessed violence with the protests called for by farmers against the new farm laws and reforms by the Central government. Farmers’ Unions took the permission for tractor rally which turned violent leading to injuries to police personnel and damage of public properties. Police lathi-charged , and used tear gas to disperse the unruly mobs who stormed into the historic Red Fort and hoisted flag adjacent to National flag during Republic Day Parade.
Farmers reached Delhi in huge number of tractors in support for the protests which has been ongoing nationwide for the past 60 days. It was expected as a massive rally but some unruly elements were spotted with sticks in streets in large number breaching barricaded and clashing with police.
Violent started when protestors changed their route from the actual permitted plan. Police had given permission to farmers for the rally to proceed only through certain routes. Samyuktha kisan Morcha after witnessing violence had called off for the march later in the day. According to them, anti-social elements infiltrated the rally which led to violence and expressed regret for the happenings that overtook during the Republic Day celebrations in the national capital, Delhi.
Police authorities said that they have showed a lot of restraint till the end. Mobile internet services were banned up to Wednesday evening in Delhi. Tuesday’s rally was allowed by police with a condition that they will not interrupt the Republic Day Parade in Central Delhi. Police gave a route map for farmers which are restrained mostly to outskirts of Delhi. But protestors marched towards the Red Fort, climbing on the walls of the fort, breaching security and even hoisted flags alongside of Indian flag. Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the situation and Delhi is on high alert now.
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