Farmers Open Multiple Fronts as Violence Marks Tractor Rally


Farmers organize Tractor Rally at Ghazipur, New Delhi on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 . — IANS

The police resorted to tear gas shell firing and mild lathi-charge to contain the tractor rally

NEW DELHI — Chaos and ruckus was reported from various parts of the border areas of Delhi on Tuesday as the protesting farmers entered the national capital allegedly defying the agreement of the scheduled time of tractor rally and creating multiple fronts at Karnal Bypass, Mukarba Chowk, Transport Nagar, Akshardham, Gazipur and Tikri border.

Thousands of farmers marched into the national capital on foot and riding tractors, even as the paramilitary forces and Delhi Police personnel kept a wary eye on the evolving situation.

The police resorted to tear gas shell firing and mild lathi-charge to contain the tractor rally and the protesters who have allegedly defied the agreement with authorities and police of three states — Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Several policemen and protesters were also injured in the tractor rally that turned violent on Tuesday.

Visuals of men riding horses were seen at the Karnal Bypass as visuals of protesters breaking barricades at Singhu, Gazipur and Mukarba Chowk emanated.

On Sunday, Delhi Police had allowed the tractor rally after the annual Republic Day parade.

Earlier, during the talks with the police, the protesters were told they could not disrupt the celebrations at Rajpath even as the farmers insisted their parade would be “peaceful”.

However, the farmers reportedly broke barricades and started the rally much before the scheduled time. — IANS

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