New Delhi, January 26
Deviating from designated routes for the tractor parade, protesting farmers on Tuesday reached the Red Fort on tractors.
Dramatic scenes were witnessed as the agitating farmers clashed with Delhi Police near ITO intersection in central Delhi, with the police firing teargas shells and resorting to lathicharge to disperse the farmers.
The farmers, who started their ‘Kisan Gantantra parade’ much ahead of the scheduled timing entered the national capital defying the agreement and creating multiple fronts at Karnal Bypass, Mukarba Chowk, Transport Nagar, Akshardham, Ghazipur and Tikri border. Some farmers armed with swords were seen clashing with the police.
As soon as the farmers reached ITO intersection and tried to move towards the Red Fort, many of them clashed with the police and attacked them with sticks and iron rods. The farmers also damaged several vehicles with the tractors.
Following this, the police fired teargas shells on the farmers and also resorted to repeated lathicharge. As the lathicharge began, the farmers left their tractors and took cover.
Meanwhile, some farmers tried to run the policemen over. Several tractors were seen charging towards the police personnel deployed at the ITO one after another. The farmers also pelted the police with stones.
Many farmers and police personnel were left injured in the clashes.
Earlier in the day, farmers, comprising mostly youths, entered the national capital from the Ghazipur border after breaking the barricades and clashed with the police near Akshardham intersection of east Delhi.
Some farmers armed with swords were seen clashing with the police after damaging the trucks and DTC buses that were parked to stop them from entering central Delhi.
Police fired teargas shells on the farmers after they entered Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar from the Delhi-Haryana Singhu border.
The visuals of the men riding horses were seen at the Karnal Bypass while the protesters were also seen breaking barricades at Singhu and Mukarba Chowk.
On Sunday, Delhi Police had allowed the tractor rally after the annual Republic Day parade. Earlier, during the talks with the police, the protesters were told that they could not disrupt the celebrations at Rajpath even as the farmers insisted that their parade would be peaceful.
However, going back on their promise, the farmers broke barricades and started the rally much before the scheduled time. IANS