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Kisan Tractor Rally Takes a Violent Route on Republic Day

Kisan Tractor Rally Takes a Violent Route on Republic Day

Kisan Tractor Rally: As the nation celebrated its 72nd republic day, the farmers (Kisan) were to participate in a tractor rally against the three controversial farm laws. The farmers assured that the rally would be peaceful and was given permission by the Delhi Police to begin at noon after the republic day celebrations were concluded and go on till 5 in the evening.

Kisan Tractor Rally in Delhi
Kisan Tractor Rally in Delhi

Thousands of farmers entered the capital on tractors amidst heavy security today. The farmer unions claimed that two lakh tractors were to show up in support of the farmers protesting for the last two months. Farmers in Mumbai also gathered at Azad Maidan to show solidarity.

The protesters were to enter the capital from three border points- Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur. Heavy security has been deployed because of the unprecedented ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’.

Even though the unions of farmers were granted permission to hold the rally at the assigned time, large groups of farmers knocked down barricades at the border points to enter the capital on foot amidst the police deployed. Police used tear gas on groups of farmers when they tried to break past barriers and barricades near Akshardham.

The police also lathi-charged the protesters at Chintamani chowk in Shahdara near Ghazipur border as they tried to go past the barricades with their tractors. The police have also deployed buses to stop the protesters. Protesters with their tractors also reached the red fort after clashing with the police and invaded the complex and poured into it in large groups.

The farmers were promised a chance to protest but because of certain unruly groups in went haywire and got violent. During the official republic day celebrations, almost all news channels were only covering the celebrations, except NDTV which had a split-screen for the celebrations and the rally.

Today marks two months of the farmers protesting the proposed farm laws. There has been no breakthrough despite eleven rounds of talks being held between the farmers and the Central government. The farmers also turned down the Centre’s last offer to pause the laws for 18 months while negotiations are conducted by a special committee. The farmers are protesting the laws as they would shrink their income and give more authority to corporations.

On February 1, the daily budget is presented, the protesters will march to the parliament on foot.

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