New Delhi, January 27
Delhi Police have registered 22 FIRs so far in connection with the violence that broke out during the farmers' tractor parade in the national capital leaving over 300 policemen injured, officials said on Wednesday.
An official said multiple videos and CCTV footage were being scanned to identify farmers involved in the violence on Tuesday and that strict action would be taken against the culprits.
Security has been beefed up in several places across the national capital, especially at the Red Fort and farmer protest sites, with deployment of additional paramilitary forces following the violence.
The tractor parade on Tuesday that was to highlight the demands of the farmer unions to repeal three new agri laws dissolved into anarchy on the streets of the city as tens of thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
Additional PRO (Delhi Police), Anil Mittal, said 22 FIRs had so far been registered in connection with Tuesday's violence. More than 300 policemen had been injured, he said.
Samkyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of protesting unions, has called a meeting later on Wednesday to discuss the violence that broke out during the farmers' tractor parade in the national capital.
Before the Morcha meeting, representatives of 32 Punjab unions will also meet at the Singhu border, a major protest site against the three farm laws.
The SKM had proposed the tractor rally on Republic Day. It had held several rounds of meetings with Delhi Police in connection with their tractor parade. They had given an undertaking to the police to take out a peaceful rally as per the proposed plans on four agreed-upon routes.
However, on Tuesday around 8.30 am, 6,000 to 7,000 tractors assembled at the Singhu border, police said.
Instead of going on the pre-decided route, they insisted upon going towards central Delhi and despite repeated requests, the farmers, led by Nihangs on their horses and equipped with swords and kirpans, had charged at the police and broke through several layers of barricades, which were erected between Mukarba Chowk and Transport Nagar, the police had said.
Similar incidents were reported from Ghazipur and Tikri borders.
The farmers at the Ghazipur border broke through the barricades at several points and headed for ITO, where they were joined by the farmers who had come from the Singhu border.
At the Tikri border also, the farmers did not agree to the pre-decided plan and fought with police. They not only broke barricades, but also attacked police vehicles and personnel with deadly weapons. Instead of turning towards Najafgarh, they headed towards Peeragarhi and further towards the central part of the national capital, police had said.
At ITO, a large group of farmers, who had come from Ghazipur and Singhu borders, had attempted to move towards Luyten's Delhi. When they were stopped by policemen, a group of these farmers became violent and broke the barricades, damaged iron grills and dividers and even tried to run over the policemen deployed at these barricades, the police had said in a statement.
However, police personnel succeeded in stopping them from entering Lutyen's Delhi. Meanwhile, some farmers also indulged in vandalism and attacked policemen. Later, they changed their plans and moved towards Red Fort, it had said.
At Red Fort, they broke the gates. A section of the crowd also managed to climb atop the rampart of the Red Fort where they hoisted their organisation's flag, the statement had said. — PTI
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