1000’s of farmers knocked down police barricades and entered Delhi on foot this morning amid big police presence forward of a tractor rally permitted after the Republic Day parade on the iconic Rajpath.
In unprecedented visuals, chaos might be seen unfolding on the Singhu border, which divides Delhi and Haryana, and Tikri border within the western a part of the nationwide capital. 1000’s had been seen marching with flags; a lot of them had been additionally on tractors.
The farmers’ tractor rally in opposition to the brand new agricultural legal guidelines – Kisaan Parade – was anticipated to be held after 12 PM. Nevertheless, big crowds gathered on the borders at round 8 AM.
Greater than 5,000 protesters close to the Singhu border – the epicentre of the agitation in opposition to the brand new agricultural legal guidelines that started late November – had been adamant to march forward. At Tikri, farmers’ leaders requested the protesters to take care of calm after the march started at round 9 AM. The representatives determined to carry a gathering with cops to resolve the timing of the rally. “Our rally will likely be peaceable and we are going to follow the routes assigned,” a pacesetter instructed NDTV.
On Sunday, Delhi Police had allowed the tractor rally after the annual Republic Day parade. The protesters had been instructed they cannot disrupt the celebrations at Rajpath even because the farmers insisted their parade will likely be “peaceable”.
Nevertheless, Delhi Police had additionally sounded a warning. “Mischievous components can create a law-and-order state of affairs,” Deependra Pathak, Particular Commissioner of Police (Intelligence), mentioned.
“Over 300 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan throughout January 13 to 18 to disrupt the tractor rally by farmers solely by deceptive individuals. There are inputs about the identical from totally different companies too. It will likely be a difficult job for us, however the rally will likely be performed amid tight safety after the Republic Day parade is over,” he added.
Sources in Delhi Police also warned of disruptions by Pakistan-based ISI (Inter-Companies Intelligence) and “rogue components linked to Khalistani outfits”.
Three routes were cleared for the farmers to hold the parade – 63-km route close to Singhu Border, 62.5 km-long route from Tikri border, a 68-km lengthy route from Ghazipur border that divides Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
On Monday, one of many key individuals – the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee – declared that it could not follow the route agreed upon by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha and the police.
Earlier, the centre had opposed the tractor rally on Republic Day in an affidavit within the Supreme Courtroom, stressing it is going to be “a humiliation to the nation”.
Eleven rounds of talks have been held between the farmers and the federal government however there been no breakthrough. The farmers have turned down the centre’s final supply to place the legal guidelines on maintain for 18 months whereas a particular committee conducts negotiations.