Guwahati: On the 62th day of the ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ protest, thousands of farmers especially from Punjab and Haryana staged a sit-in-demonstration along the Delhi borders on Tuesday.
Reportedly, one farmer died as protesting farmers clashed with the police at ITO in the heart of national capital. The farmers, who entered into Delhi with their tractors as a part of ‘Tractor Rally’, also poured into the Red Fort complex by afternoon, prompting security personnel to resort to lathi-charge and tear gas.
The 25-year-old deceased was identified as Ranveet Singh from Bilaspur in Punjab. He was survived by his wife and parents. The protesting farmers had draped the deceased’s body in tricolours and had blocked the roads, briefly. Later, the body was moved in the back of a pickup truck from the spot.
A high level meeting is underway at Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence where he is being briefed about today’s situation. The Home Secretary and Delhi Police Commissioner are in attendance.
Internet services have been temporarily suspended in some parts of Delhi amid clashes between the police and thousands of agitating farmers, whose tractor rally veered off the permitted course, according to reports.
Moreover, the Delhi metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has closed the entry and the exit gates at several metro stations, mainly in north and central Delhi as the situation escalated.
Reportedly, the Delhi police said that the protesting farmers violated the conditions pre-agreed for their tractor rally and resorted to violence and vandalism, leaving many police personnel injured. The police also claimed the force did all due diligence in following the conditions for rally, but the protesters began their march much ahead of the scheduled time and extensive damage to public property was caused.
The traffic on the city roads, though thin due to the Republic Day holiday, was thrown completely out of gear with hordes of protesting farmers deviating from the pre-designed rally routes and driving their tractors towards Delhi from Singhu, Tikri, Ghaziapur and other border points.
Some groups of farmers were seen moving back to their respective sit-in sites during the evening after hours of chaos during their tractor parade against the farm laws, but thousands of other protesters were still in several areas, including ITO, Nangloi and Mukarba Chowk of the, national capital.
The tractor rally has marked the completion of two months of protest against the Centre’s contentious farm laws by farmers camping at the borders of Delhi. Farmers leader have also announced a plan to march on foot to Parliament on February 1, the day Union Budget will be presented.
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