New Delhi: The protesting farmers have entered the national capital from three routes emanating from the Singhu border, the Tikri border and the Ghazipur border, as Delhi Police gave their nod for a peaceful protest on January 26th – Republic Day of India.
Despite Sanyukt Kisan Morcha’s assurance and Delhi Police’s conditions for the tractor march, violence broke out as the farmers entered Delhi.
The protesting farmers with their tractors broke the barricades and cemented barriers at Delhi’s Mukarba Chowk, prompting Delhi Police to use tear gas shell against them.
The chaos quickly devolved to a point where the police were outnumbered, even as the farmers overran Delhi and a number of its monuments, capped off by the shameful visuals of farmers breaching Red Fort’s ramparts and planting their flag atop its podium.
The protesters were stopped from entering Delhi as the tractor rally began ahead of the time granted for it. The Delhi Police had allowed the tractor rally to take place from noon to 5 PM.
However, when the protesters forcefully tried to enter the capital, Delhi Police attempted to persuade the farmers to begin the rally as per plan – that is after the conclusion of Republic Day parade.
Despite a request by the Police, protesters on foot and on tractors with national flags and flags of farmers’ union marched towards Delhi, raising slogans and vandalising the barricades and other barriers. Even after clear instruction, that no flags except the Tricolour will be used, the farmers not only put flags of the unions but also marched with flags on bikes.
As the protesters entered Delhi, visuals show that the protesters are vandalising buses and heckling Police personnel. Near ITO, a bus was vandalised and the farmers diverted their route. Barricades near Red Fort are vandalised and a video shows a tractor being driven by protestors in full speed towards the police personnel trying to stop them.
Visuals also show that farmers are carrying sticks, despite the Delhi Police circular stating it clearly that they are not allowed to carry any weapon.