The Delhi Police have filed 4 instances in reference to the vandalism in East Delhi in the course of the Republic Day tractor rally by farmers protesting towards the Centre’s three contentious farm legal guidelines handed in September.
Eight buses and 17 non-public automobiles have been vandalised, the police mentioned.
The Delhi Police additionally mentioned 86 policemen have been injured within the violence, which came about largely in and round Mukarba Chowk, Gazipur, ITO, Seemapuri, Nangloi T-Point, Tikri Border and the Red Fort. Baricades have been damaged at Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu borders.
The Sayunkt Kisan Morcha, the police mentioned, had performed a number of rounds of conferences with the Delhi Police and gave an enterprise to take out a peaceable rally as per the proposed plans.
But violence began after they began their rally round 8 am – manner earlier than the designated time and deviated from the agreed upon routes.
Around 8.30 am, 6,000 to 7,000 tractors had assembled on the Singhu borders and as a substitute of the agreed upon route, they insisted upon going to the Central Delhi, the police mentioned.
“Despite persuasion by Delhi Police, the farmers led by Nihangs on their horses fully equipped with deadly weapons like swords, kripans and fursas charged the police and broke the several layers of barricades, which were erected between Mukarba Chowk and Transport Nagar,” a police assertion learn.
The assertion additionally mentioned at ITO – the place the police headquarters is situated — a big group of farmers who got here from Gazipur and Singhu borders tried to maneuver in the direction of the New Delhi district.
When they have been stopped by police, violence broke out.
The farmers turned “violent and broke barricades, damaged the iron grills and the dividers and even tried to run over the policemen, who were deployed at these barricades”. The scenario was managed after reinforcements arrived.
The farmers then determined to maneuver in the direction of the long-lasting Red Fort, the police mentioned.
They entered the forecourt of the fort, climbed its ramparts, and hoisted a non secular flag on a mast outdoors. Attempts have been additionally made to hoist flags atop the domes of the fort.
The police, wielding batons, managed to take away them from contained in the fort.
In the night, the farmers’ group known as off the tractor rally. The police mentioned they’re preserving shut watch on the scenario.
The police mentioned they’re additionally registering instances of violation of lawful instructions, rioting, injury to public property and assault on public servants with lethal weapons.
The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha mentioned anti-social components had “infiltrated the otherwise peaceful movement”.
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