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Protesters barge into red fort with tractors, clashed with police (video)

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Published: 15:56, 26 January 2021   Update: 16:04, 26 January 2021
Protesters barge into red fort with tractors, clashed with police (video)

Photo: Collected

India’s protesting farmers went into clashes with police at several places in the Indian national capital and entered the iconic Red Fort and ITO in the heart of national capital, with hundreds of them deviating from pre-decided routes, prompting security personnel to resort to lath charge and tear gas.

India witnessed a wired chaotic scene on Republic Day at ITO, where hundreds of protesters could be seen chasing police personnel with sticks and ramming their tractors into the buses parked by police. At the ITO, a bus was vandalized by angry farmers. Police on Tuesday fired tear gas shells and lathicharged farmers when they clashed with the force in parts of the city Police used tear gas on groups of farmers and resorted to baton charge 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 adamant about heading towards central Delhi. In the morning, groups of protesting farmers camping at Singhu and Tikri border points of the national capital broke police barricades to force their way into the city.

The ITO resembled a war zone as restive crowds of farmers and uniformed security personnel could be seen in the area. Police fired tear gas shells at hundreds of farmers who wielded sticks and clubs and entered ITO, a few kilometers away from Parliament, in an effort to move towards Rajpath.

However, Delhi Police spokesman Shalini Singh said “The farmers were requested to follow route... but stone pelting was done... attempts were made using tractors to run over police. Our policemen are injured. This is not a peaceful protest. We appeal to them to maintain decorum of this festival."

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