Tractor parade: Clash breaks out between farmers, Delhi police; lathicharge tear gas used

The farmers who began their march from different border points, much before the time permitted to them for their tractor rally, reached ITO in Central Delhi despite the force denying them permission.

NEW DELHI: A clash broke out between police and protesting farmers after the latter reached ITO in the national capital and tried to move towards Lutyen’s Delhi, prompting the force to use lathicharge and tear gas shells against them.

The farmers who began their march from different border points, much before the time permitted to them for their tractor rally, reached ITO in Central Delhi despite the force denying them permission for it.

The protesters were seen chasing police personnel with sticks.

The police men also resorted to lathicharge and fired teargas shells to disperse the crowd.

The cops reportedly took these measures as protestors broke past barricades with tractors at different border points and did not take the pre-decided routes for their march in the national capital.

The Delhi Police had given permission to farmers protesting the three farm laws to hold their tractor parade on selected routes only after the official Republic Day parade on the Rajpath concludes.

However chaos ensued as the farmers were were adamant of heading towards central Delhi.

Police baton charged farmers at Chintamani Chowk in Shahdara when they broke barricades and smashed window panes of cars.

A group of ‘Nihangs’ (traditional Sikh warriors) clashed with security personnel near Akshardham Temple.

At Nangloi Chowk in west Delhi and at Mukarba Chowk farmers broke cemented barricades and police used tear gas to disperse them.

The protesting farmers also reached Delhi’s ITO area, a few kilometres away from Parliament.

An official said police personnel used tear gas to disperse groups of farmers coming from the Singhu border point as they tried to hold a march on the Outer Ring Road much ahead of the allotted time.

Meanwhile, senior farmer Balbir Singh Rajewal said farmers were following the pre-decided route.

No one from the Sankyukt Kisan Morcha went to the Outer Ring Road.

“We condemn violence against farmers, appeal to all to maintain peace,” Rajewal told PTI.

Numerous tractors bearing flags assembled at the border points of the national capital on Tuesday with men and women dancing on drum beats as locals gathered on both sides of the road showering flower petals them.

Security personnel have been trying to convince the farmers to stick to the plan of holding the tractor parade after the conclusion of the Republic Day parade at Rajpath.

Source: The New Indian Express

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