NEW DELHI: The script had been learn out and the pink traces drawn, however nothing went as deliberate when the farmers took out their tractor rally on Tuesday. A touch to the guts of Delhi on rushing tractors that rammed barricades and even threatened to mow down policemen, widespread vandalism and destruction of public property and extended clashes with the cops marred a two-month-long peaceable agitation on the farm legal guidelines. This was capped with the unfurling of the Sikh non secular flag, Nishan Sahib, at Red Fort at the same time as cops had been battling the protesters within the foreground.
The leaders who had promised a peaceable march and will have reined within the hotheads did the disappearing act and the volunteers who had been supposed to maintain the rally heading in the right direction weren’t be seen wherever. This was a pyrrhic victory, bitter harvest of what turned out to be a rudderless agitation when it got here to hitting the streets.
Police confirmed extraordinary restraint as use of drive towards farmers was by no means on the desk throughout discussions amongst the brass. However, this technique landed over 120 cops within the hospital, half of them with extreme accidents. A number of are vital and in ICU. A farmer driving a tractor dangerously crashed into barricades close to ITO and died on the spot.
Ignoring the schedule of 12pm to 5pm that had been agreed upon for the tractor rally, the protesters at Singhu and Ghazipur borders had begun difficult the cops as early as 6.30am. They quickly started making makes an attempt to interrupt via the barricades. This was even earlier than the Republic Day parade had begun. By 8am, the barricades at Singhu had been down and 45 minutes later, Tikri too had been breached. The tractor rally was on, nonetheless heading in the right direction.
By 10am, round 6,000-7,000 tractors had entered Delhi, cocking a snook at police and violating just about all mutually agreed phrases and situations. When this group reached Mukarba Chowk on G T Karnal Road round 10.40am, it insisted on transferring in the direction of Central Delhi, as a substitute of occurring the predesignated route. The cops tried to cause with them however the farmers, led by Nihangs on horses carrying swords and kirpans, charged at police and broke a number of layers of barricades between Mukarba Chowk and Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar. The protesters had been teargassed and gentle drive used however to no avail.
Meanwhile, a bit of farmers at Ghazipur border smashed the barricades at a number of factors and headed in the direction of ITO, via Akshardham and Millennium Park, the place they had been joined by some farmers from Singhu. Things had been getting chaotic at Tikri too. Here, a bit of the protesters refused to show in the direction of Najafgarh and insisted on marching in the direction of Peeragarhi and Central Delhi, resulting in day-long clashes with the cops.
However, it was at ITO that the protesters met with stiff resistance from the cops which turned the intersection right into a battleground. The farmers turned violent and broke barricades, broken iron railings and dividers and even tried to run over the policemen with their tractors. Around 12.35pm, the cops fired teargas shells and lathicharged the protesters, setting off a cat-and-mouse recreation. The protesters pelted the cops with stones.
With the arrival of reinforcements after the conclusion of the R-Day parade, police succeeded in stopping them from getting into the New Delhi district and transferring in the direction of Parliament. One part of protesters then turned in the direction of Red Fort with one other staying placed on Vikas Marg.
Having reached the ramparts of Red Fort, the protesters hoisted the Nishan Sahib amidst a lot cheering at the same time as police had been being attacked within the neighborhood. It was solely late at night time that some order might be restored and the gang faraway from the realm.
The clashes between police and farmers continued all through the day. Most of the incidents had been reported from Mukarba Chowk, Ghazipur, ITO, Seemapuri, Nangloi, Tikri Border and Red Fort.
Delhi Police — caught between overseeing R-Day safety and dealing with the spiralling violence — used gentle drive, together with teargas, and suspended web at many locations. The request for the latter was made by the particular cell to the house ministry which gave the order with out a lot of an influence.
According to intelligence officers, issues spun uncontrolled because the protesters had been just about leaderless. While the talks had been held with the aged union leaders, kids took cost on Tuesday morning, refusing to heed any counselling or directions by police, with the leaders having disappeared from the scene.
Reacting to the day’s developments, police commissioner S N Shrivastava stated, “The time and the routes for the tractor rally were finalised after several rounds of meetings. But the farmers drove their tractors off the routes and before the fixed time, leading to vandalism in which many police personnel were injured.”
“Public property has also been damaged. I appeal to the protesting farmers not to indulge in violence, maintain peace and return through the designated routes,” he added.