Farmer leaders of Punjab will address the farmers’ protests on the Delhi-Haryana border this morning, a day after which saw unprecedented violence in the capital in the form of a Republic Day tractor rally, against which farmers set agricultural laws of the center The iconic Red Fort in the Mughal-era was removed and rolled off the course. A farmer was killed en route to the Red Fort, with police saying it was an accident. Delhi Police said 86 police personnel were injured and 15 cases were registered in Tuesday’s violence.
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The next course of action will be prepared after a meeting of these leaders after the address made by the farmer leaders on the Singhu border.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a high-level meeting on Tuesday evening, in which it was decided to deploy additional paramilitary forces in Delhi. Punjab and Haryana have been placed under high alert.
The internet has been suspended in parts of the National Capital Region – Delhi including Uttar Pradesh and parts of Haryana.
After the court battle, the farmers were allowed to organize a rally on the periphery of the city. The rally – to be held in more than 60 km long sections near the Sinhau, Tikri and Ghazipur borders – was expected to enter the city at around 11.30 am after the Republic Day parade ended on Wednesday.
But the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti refused to stick to the route. Thousands reached the national capital on foot by 8 am. Dramatic scenes showed farmers breaking barriers on the Singhu border, the center of protests against agricultural laws that began on 26 November.
Violence erupted at the ITO in central Delhi, where the police headquarters are located. Police said that a farmer died in a tractor in Old City. A bus was vandalized in nearby Akshardham, where police clashed with protesters. The second flashpoint was Nangloi, where police fired teargas shells. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation closed the gates at several metro stations.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a prominent all-India farmers group, called off the tractor rally, in which participants were asked to return to protest sites outside the Delhi borders. The group also said that anti-social elements “infiltrated an otherwise peaceful movement”. “A prolonged struggle for more than 6 months now, and more than 60 days of protests on Delhi’s borders have also led to this situation,” he said.
The violence has been condemned by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and the ruling Aam Aadmi Party of Delhi.
Farmers fear that the new laws will deprive them of a minimum income guarantee and leave them open to exploitation by big business.
Eleven rounds of talks have been held between the farmers and the government but no success has been achieved. Farmers turned down the Centre’s final offer to keep the law in check for 18 months, while a special committee negotiated.