Farmers’ parade: MHA holds high-level assembly to overview regulation and order; safety tightened at Purple Fort


Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 26

The Ministry of Home Affairs is holding a high-level meeting with Delhi Police over Tuesday’s violence at a farmers’ parade, sources said on Tuesday evening.

Clashes between the force and protesting farmers broke out at a number of places in the national capital.

Official sources said police and the governnent were considering their options to decide the next course of action.

Other security agencies have been asked to stand by in case of emergency, sources said.

Additional forces have been brought in at the Red Fort after farmers were made to evacuate the place, security officials said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police on Tuesday appealed to the protesting farmers to not take law in their hands and maintain peace.

The police also asked the farmers to head back to their pre-decided routes for the tractor rally parade.

“We request to the protesting farmers to not take law in their hands and maintain peace,” Additional PRO Anil Mittal said.

Police on Tuesday fired tear gas shells and lathicharged farmers when they clashed with the force in parts of city, including the ITO, after the tractor parade deviated from the permitted route in an attempt to move towards Rajpath, the heart of 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 of heading towards central Delhi.

The farmers who began their march from different border points, much before the time permitted to them for their tractor parade, reached ITO in Central Delhi and tried to move towards Lutyen’s zone. The protesters, carrying sticks, clashed with police at the ITO.

— With PTI



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