NEW DELHI: After hours of chaos throughout their tractor parade in Delhi in opposition to the Centre’s new agri legal guidelines on Tuesday, 1000’s of protesting farmers, together with these on the Red Fort and Mukarba Chowk, began returning to their sit-in sites on the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders. Wielding sticks and golf equipment and holding the tricolour and union flags, tens of 1000’s of farmers atop tractors broke limitations, clashed with police and entered town from varied factors to lay siege to the Red Fort and climb the flagpole on Republic Day on Tuesday.
A protesting farmer died at Delhi’s ITO after his tractor overturned. The farmers draped the physique within the tricolour and saved it on the ITO crossing, not permitting the police to ship it for autopsy.
Police additionally had to use lathicharge and teargas shells to management unruly protesters at a number of places within the metropolis.
“There is no protesting farmer at ITO crossing and the situation is under control,” an official mentioned.
However, there have been nonetheless round 500 protesting farmers within the Red Fort until Tuesday late night whereas at Mukarba Chowk, a whole bunch of farmers began transferring again to the Singhu border factors, one other official mentioned.
Tens of 1000’s of protesters clashed with police in a number of locations, main to chaos in well-known landmarks of Delhi and suburbs, amid waves of violence that ebbed and flowed by way of the day, leaving the farmers’ two-month peaceable motion in tatters.
Farmers’ union physique Samyukta Kisan Morcha disassociated itself from those that indulged in violence throughout the tractor parade, and alleged that some “antisocial elements” infiltrated their in any other case peaceable motion.
The union additionally condemned and regretted the “undesirable” and “unacceptable” occasions because the parade turned violent after a number of teams of farmers deviated from the pre-decided route for the march.
Later within the day, the Morcha known as off the tractor parade by farmers and appealed to contributors to instantly return to their respective protest sites.
“We have called off the farmers’ Republic Day parade with immediate effect and appealed to all participants to immediately return back to their respective protest sites. The movement will continue peacefully and further steps will be discussed and decided soon,” the farmers’ union physique mentioned in a press release.
Farmers, principally from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been tenting at a number of Delhi border factors, together with Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur, since November 28, demanding a whole repeal of three farm legal guidelines and a authorized assure on minimal help worth for his or her crops.