New Delhi, January 26:
The Delhi Police Tuesday used tear gas on a group of farmers after they broke barricades, attacked police personnel, and vandalised a police bus at ITO in Central Delhi. Earlier this morning, chaos prevailed at Delhi’s borders as groups of protesting farmers camping at Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur border points of the national capital broke police barricades to force their way into the capital, before the time allotted by the Delhi Police for their tractor parade. The police used lathicharge, tear gas at farmers in Singhu and Ghazipur.
The tractors rally will mark the completion of two months of protest against the Centre’s contentious farm laws by farmers camping at the borders of Delhi. Farmer leaders also announced a plan to march on foot to Parliament on February 1, the day the Union Budget will be presented. The Delhi Police had finalised three routes after a week of meetings between farmers and senior police officers, putting in place adequate security arrangements. Haryana authorities have also advised people to avoid travelling to the national capital. Police will remove barricades on January 26 for farmers to carry out the rally.
Earlier on Sunday, the Delhi Police had granted permission to carry out a tractor parade today inside the Capital on the condition that the farmers will start only after the completion of the official parade on Rajpath. As per the agreement, the farmers will enter Delhi from the borders, but stay in the adjoining areas and not venture towards Central Delhi.