LIVE: Yogendra Yadav, Rakesh Tikait, Patkar among 37 leaders named in FIR

Farmer leaders address a gathering during their ongoing protest, at Delhi’s Tikri border, a day after the farmers’ tractor rally turned violent | Photo: PTI
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 63: Two farmer unions on Wednesday withdrew from the ongoing agitation on Delhi's borders against the three farm laws, a day after violence broke out in the national capital during the tractor parade.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has detained 200 people in connection with the violence that broke out in various parts of Delhi during the farmers' tractor rally on Tuesday. In a statement, the Delhi Police on Wednesday said that the "detained persons will be arrested soon."

Six Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and five police vehicles were damaged in the violence that broke out at ITO during the farmers' tractor parade in the national capital on Republic Day, according to an FIR registered in connection with the incident. It also claimed that several police personnel were injured and 70 iron barricades damaged when over 10,000 protesting farmers on nearly 600 tractors stormed the area.

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 iconic Red Fort.

Farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have camped outside New Delhi for over two months to protest against three laws that open up India’s agriculture markets. Nine rounds of talks with farmers’ unions have failed to end the protests, as farm leaders rejected the government’s offer to delay the laws for 18 months, making a push for repeal instead.

The protesting farmers have also announced a foot march to Parliament on February 1, when the annual Budget is presented, to press for their demands including a repeal of the three new agriculture laws.

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Haryana govt extends suspension of mobile internet services in 3 districts till Thursday

The Haryana government on Wednesday extended the suspension of mobile internet services in Sonipat, Jhajjar and Palwal districts till 5 pm on January 28 "to prevent disturbance of peace and public order", an official statement said.
 
The mobile internet services were suspended in these districts on Tuesday as a violent farmers' protest rocked neighbouring Delhi.
 
"The Haryana Government has extended the suspension of telecom services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA/GPRS), all SMS services (excluding banking and mobile recharge) and all dongle services, etc. provided on mobile networks except the voice calls in the territorial jurisdiction of districts of Sonipat, Palwal and Jhajjar for next 24 hours till 5 pm on January 28," the statement said.
 
"This order has been issued to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order in the jurisdiction of these three districts of Haryana and shall be in force with immediate effect," it said.
 
In view of the violence in Delhi, Haryana Home Secretary Rajeev Arora had on Tuesday issued the order to snap mobile internet services in the three districts, which are in close proximity of Delhi, to "stop the spread of disinformation and rumours through various social media platforms, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter" for mobilisation of antisocial elements who can disturb peace, cause loss of life and damage to property.
 

Actor Deep Sidhu, Lakha Sidhana named in Delhi Police FIR related to Red Fort incidents

The Delhi Police has named actor Deep Sidhu and gangster-turned-social activist Lakha Sidhana in an FIR in connection with Red Fort incidents, officials said on Wednesday.
 
The Delhi Police has registered the case at Kotwali police station of North district under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and other legislations, they said.
 
Provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act and the Arms Act have been added in the FIR.
 
The police has invoked IPC sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 152 (assaulting or obstructing public servant when suppressing riot, etc), 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), and 307 (attempt to murder), they said.
 

Delhi Police issues notice to farmer leader Darshan Pal, says he acted irresponsibly during tractor rally

Delhi Police issued notice to farmer leader Darshan Pal over tractor rally violence, asked why legal action should not be taken against him, according to PTI. In notice to Darshan Pal, Delhi Police said vandalisation at Red Fort was most deplorable and anti-national act.

Further, Delhi Police said that he and other farmer leaders acted in very irresponsible manner during tractor parade.

Delhi violence: Yogendra Yadav, Rakesh Tikait, Patkar among 37 leaders named in FIR

A day after violence during the tractor parade, the Delhi Police has named 37 farmer leaders, including Rakesh Tikait, Yogendra Yadav and Medha Patkar, in an FIR that mentioned charges of rioting, criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder among others, officials said. The action against the farmer leaders came as Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava alleged that several of them made inflammatory speeches and were involved in the violence.


Police said that the role of farmer leaders will be investigated in connection with the violence that left 394 security personnel injured and a protestor dead. So far 25 FIRs have been filed, they said.According to the FIR registered at Samaypur Badli police station against unknown persons, the protestors robbed the official pistol with 10 rounds of ammunition along with two tear gas guns during the violence.


The farmer leaders named in the FIR include Medha Patkar, Yogendra Yadav, Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh Chanduni, Rakesh Tikait, Kulwant Singh Sandhu, Satnam Singh Pannu, Joginder Singh Ugraha, Surjeet Singh Phool, Jagjeet Singh Dalewal, Balbir Singh Rajewal and Harinder Singh Lakhoval. Those found guilty would be punished strictly, an official said.


The FIR mentions multiple IPC sections, including 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (punishment for rioting) and 353 (assault/criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 120B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy).

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party condemns violence during farmers' tractor rally

The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) and the Rajasthan Sikh Society on Wednesday condemned the violence during a tractor rally by farmers in Delhi. RLP convenor Hanuman Beniwal said his party is in favour of strengthening democracy and non-violent movement. "RLP is in favour of strengthening democratic values and non-violent movement. If any anti-social elements have done wrong then such people cannot be in favour of farmers," Beniwal said in a statement.


Rajasthan Sikh Samaj president Ajaypal Singh and former chairman of Rajasthan Minorities Commission Jasbir Singh condemned the attack on police personnel by some anti-social elements and alleged insult to the national flag. In the statement, these leaders urged Akal Takht to issue orders for boycott of those involved in the violence.

Farmers' agitation: Bharatiya Kisan Union postpones rally to Parliament on Budget Day

Farm unions have deferred plan to march to Parliament on Feb. 1, says Balbir S Rajewal, leader of Bhartiya Kisan Union. “We'll hold public rallies across India on behalf of the farmers' agitation. We will also keep a one-day fast,” he is quoted as saying by ANI.

Those involved in violence during tractor rally won't be spared, farm leaders will be questioned: Delhi Police

Those involved in violence during tractor rally will not be spared, farmer leaders will be questioned: Delhi Police Commissioner
 

394 personnel injured, 30 police vehicles damaged in violence during tractor rally by farmers: Delhi Police

394 police personnel were injured, 30 police vehicles damaged in violence during tractor rally by farmers: Delhi Police Commissioner

SAD reiterates support to farm stir, but says won't tolerate attack on Constitution, institutions

A day after violence in the farmers' tractor march, the Shiromani Akali Dal on Wednesday said it will not tolerate any attempt of attack on the democratic institutions or the Constitution of India by those who wish to subvert this just struggle of the country's farmers, PTI report said.
 
While reiterating its support to farmers' demand for repealing the three farm laws, the SAD in a statement issued by its leader and Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral said,"We appeal to the protesters to remain peaceful, non-violent and disciplined. We will strongly raise the voice of our farmers in the upcoming Parliament Session."
 
The statement from SAD, an erstwhile ally of the ruling BJP and a constituent of the NDA government, came a day after tens of thousands of farmers broke barriers to storm the national capital on Tuesday, during their tractor parade to highlight their demands.

Farmers brought forward aggressive and militant elements: Delhi Police

LIVE: Delhi Police addresses media over violence during farmers' tractor rally

Farmer leaders considering postponement of Feb 1 foot march to Parliament in wake of violence

Protesting farmer leaders are considering postponement their foot march to Parliament on February 1 against the three farm laws in wake of the violence in the national capital during the tractor parade on Republic Day, PTI reported. A senior farmer leader said the Samkyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is an umbrella body of the protesting unions, will take a final call on postponement of the February 1 foot march.
 
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 iconic Red Fort.
 
"In view of violence during tractor parade, we are considering to postpone our proposed foot march to Parliament, which was scheduled to be take place on February 1. However, a final will be taken by the Samkyukta Kisan Morcha," said a senior member of the umbrella body.

Meeting of SC's committee on farmers' issue postponed till January 29

The meeting of the committee constituted by the Supreme Court on farmers' issues that was scheduled to be held on Wednesday was postponed till January 29. This came a day after after violence broke out during the farmers' tractor rally in different parts of the national capital. The Supreme Court on January 12, stayed the implementation of three farm laws and asked the committee formed by it concerning the three farm laws to submit its report within two months, PTI reported.
 
"The committee should file the report within two months before the Supreme Court," the three-judge bench of the Apex Court, led by CJI SA Bobde said in its order. The court also expressed hope that the farmers' protests will be called off after it stayed the operation of the new farm laws.
 
The committee consisted of Bhartiya Kisan Union President Bhupinder Singh Mann, Shetkari Sanghatana president Anil Ghanwat, and agri-economists Ashok Gulati and Pramod Kumar Joshi. However, shortly after it was formed, Bhupinder Singh recused himself from the committee and said, "I will always stand with my farmers and Punjab".

Plea in SC seeks inquiry commission to look into farmer violence on R-Day

A plea was filed on Wednesday in the Supreme Court seeking setting up of a commission, headed by a retired apex court judge, to inquire the violence during the protesting farmers' tractor rally in the national capital on the Republic Day.
 
The plea has also sought direction to the concerned authority to lodge First Information Report (FIR) under relevant penal provisions against the individuals or organisations responsible for the violence and causing dishonour of the National Flag on January 26.
 
The tractor parade on Tuesday that was to highlight the demands of farmer unions to repeal three new agri laws dissolved into anarchy on the streets of Delhi as thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with the police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort. READ ON...

 

Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan withdraws from farmers' protest

The Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (RKMS) on Wednesday withdrew from the farmers protest on the borders of the national capital against the Centre's farm laws, ANI reported. Addressing a press conference at the Ghazipur border, convener of the Sangathan, VM Singh said that they cannot carry the protest forward with people whose direction is different.
 
The decision came a day after violence in Delhi during the tractor march carried out by farmer unions.
 
"We can't carry forward a protest with someone whose direction is not with the issue. I wish them the best but VM Singh and Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan are withdrawing from this protest right away. This is the decision of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan and not of the AIKSCC (All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee). This is the decision of VM Singh, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan and all office bearers," Singh said.

Farmers' Protest IVE: Some farmers seen taking off their tents at Chilla border

Protest has gone out of farmer leaders' control: Haryana CM

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday condemned the violent incidents in New Delhi, especially at the Red Fort, and said the farmers' protest has now gone out of control of their leaders and has deviated from its direction. He appealed to the farmers to return to their homes after Tuesday's unfortunate incidents, IANS reported.
 
The Chief Minister said a special Cabinet meeting convened here on Tuesday evening was unanimous in its view that the people must together foil the nefarious intentions of anti-social elements and cooperate in maintaining peace and harmony. No Indian could tolerate unfurling of a flag other than the national flag at the Red Fort. Doing so is an insult to those great freedom fighters and martyrs who sacrificed their lives so that the Tricolour could fly high on the ramparts of the Red Fort, Khattar added.
 
"Our freedom fighters did not earn freedom for us to spread such anarchy," he said.

37 farmer leaders held responsible for yesterday's violence in national capital: Delhi Police

37 farmer leaders including Medha Patkar, Buta Singh, Yogendra Yadav held responsible for yesterday's violence, in one of the FIRs by Delhi Police. FIR states that acts like not following mutually agreed route & timing of farmers' rally to disrupt Republic Day parade were done: Delhi Police

Two farmer unions withdraw from agitation against farm laws citing Republic Day violence

Two farmer unions on Wednesday withdrew from the ongoing agitation on Delhi's borders against the three farm laws, a day after violence broke out in the national capital during the tractor parade, PTI reported. Talking to reporters, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) president Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh said he was deeply pained by whatever happened during the tractor parade in the national capital, adding that his union was ending its protest.
 
The union was staging the protest at the Chilla border. V M Singh of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee said that it is withdrawing from the ongoing agitation as they cannot carry forward a protest with someone "whose direction is something else".
 
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 on the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.

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Never said doors for dialogue with farmers shut: Prakash Javadekar

A day after unprecedented violence in Delhi during the tractor parade, the government on Wednesday said it has never stated that the doors for dialogue with farmers are closed and stressed that it will inform whenever the decision is taken for fresh talks, PTI reported.
 
"We have never said that the doors for dialogue are closed. Have you heard. Whenever talks are held, we will let you know," Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, when asked at the cabinet briefing on whether the doors for talks with farmers are closed now.
 
After the 11th round of talks on Friday last, the government asked the farmers to reconsider their proposal of holding the three farm laws on hold for 1-1.5 years, but the farmers rejected their proposal. No decision has been taken on another round of talks with farmers.
 
He said whatever decisions with regard to talks with farmers are taken, will be disclosed at the right time. "We have already told you, if there is any change, we will let you know," he said. Asked whether Tuesday's violence was discussed in the meeting of the union cabinet, Javadekar said the cabinet is different from the security committee.

Twitter suspends over 550 accounts after violence during farmers' Republic Day tractor rally

Twitter on Wednesday suspended over 550 accounts from its platform in connection with the violence during the farmers' tractor rally in the national capital on the 72nd Republic Day.
 
A Twitter spokesperson told ANI that the platform has also labelled tweets which were found to be in violation of its "synthetic and manipulated media policy".
 
"We have taken strong enforcement action to protect the conversation on the service from attempts to incite violence, abuse, and threats that could trigger the risk of offline harm by blocking certain terms that violate our rules for trends, the spokesperson said. READ ON...

Twitter suspends over 550 accounts after violence during farmers' Republic Day tractor rally: ANI

Twitter suspends over 550 accounts after violence during farmers' Republic Day tractor rally

Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviews law and order situation, measures taken to ensure peace in Delhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviews law & order situation, measures taken to ensure peace in Delhi: officials

Protesters vandalise a Delhi Police vehicle, during yesterday's episode of violence

Lone INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala resigns from Haryana Assembly over farm laws

Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala on Wednesday tendered his resignation as MLA from the Haryana Assembly over the three new farm laws. Speaker Gian Chand Gupta said he has accepted Abhay Chautala's resignation with immediate effect, PTI reported. Abhay Chautala mentioned that he has resigned as farmers' demands have not been met, Gupta told reporters.
 
The 57-year-old INLD leader was the party's lone MLA in the 90-member State Assembly and represented the Ellenabad seat.
 
Abhay Chautala, who is the younger son of INLD president and former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, drove to the state assembly complex here in a green tractor to submit his resignation.

Agitating protesters ram their tractors into a Delhi Police vehicle overturning it

No one should do politics over violence: Fadnavis on farmers' protest on Republic Day

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said no one should do politics over violence that broke out during the farmers' protest in the national capital on Republic Day as the matter is about the nation. Speaking to PTI, Fadnavis condemned the violence and said farm leaders leading the protest should introspect why such violence took place.
 
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 iconic Red Fort.
 
"What happened yesterday in the national capital was not right. I think no one should do politics and it is not right to do politics on this kind of violence," Fadnavis said just before meeting Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

Farmer leaders hold meeting, say violence damaged their cause

The leaders of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) have strongly condemned the incidents of violence at Red Fort on Republic Day in the national capital by a mob of farmers, protesting against the three farm laws enacted last year, IANS reported. The SKM on Wednesday called a meeting in which the incidents of violence by the farmers would be discussed and deliberations would be held to keep the agitation peaceful.
 
The agitation on Delhi's borders by the farmers entered the 63rd day on Wednesday, demanding a repeal of three new Central farm laws and a legal guarantee for the procurement of all crops at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). The leaders of the SKM, a consortium of farmer organisations leading the agitation, have appealed to the farmers to continue protesting peacefully and condemned the incidents which took place on Tuesday.

Six buses, five police vehicles damaged as 10,000 farmers stormed Delhi's ITO: FIR

Six Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and five police vehicles were damaged in the violence that broke out at ITO during the farmers' tractor parade in the national capital on Republic Day, according to an FIR registered in connection with the incident. It also claimed that several police personnel were injured and 70 iron barricades damaged when over 10,000 protesting farmers on nearly 600 tractors stormed the area, PTI reported.
 
The Delhi Police stated the protestors tried to enter Luytens' Delhi from Tilak Bridge despite not given permission to hold the tractor parade in the jurisdiction of IP Estate Police station where the first information report (FIR) was registered. According to the FIR, the farmers smashed the barricades and hit DTC buses stationed at ITO with their tractors and also tried to run over police personnel.

Delhi Metro authorities shut Lal Quila station and restrict entry to Jama Masjid station

Delhi Metro authorities shut Lal Quila station and restrict entry to Jama Masjid station amid heavy security deployment at Red Fort, a day after violence breaks out during farmers' tractor parade in the national capital

We never said that there is no more scope for discussion with farmers: Prakash Javadekar

We never said that there is no more scope for discussion with farmers: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

Drunken farmers attacked us suddenly with swords, and other weapons: DCP North Delhi

Farmers' tractor rally violence: A team of Delhi Police conducting probe at Red Fort today

Delhi Police press briefing at 4 pm on farmers' tractor rally violence: Prakash Javadekar

Delhi Police will hold a press briefing at 4 pm today and all questions regarding the violence during farmers' tractor rally yesterday will be answered: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

High alert in Uttarakhand following violence in Delhi during farmers' 'tractor rally'

Four districts of Uttarakhand have been put on high alert in the wake of the violent incidents in Delhi during tractor march by farmers on Republic Day, said Director General of Police Ashok Kumar on Tuesday, according to ANI.
 
"After the incident in Delhi, an alert has been issued in the four plain districts of Uttrakhand. Special instructions have been given to maintaining strict vigilance in Udham Singh Nagar district," informed the DGP.
 
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat held a high-level meeting with the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Home Secretary and other officials late in the evening on Tuesday, in which the decision was taken.
 
Kumar on Tuesday said District Magistrates and Senior Superintendents of Police in Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar, Nainital, and Dehradun have been instructed to maintain strict vigil in their respective districts.

200 detained in connection with farmers' tractor rally violence in Delhi

Delhi Police has detained 200 people in connection with the violence that broke out in various parts of the national capital during the farmers' tractor rally in the city on Tuesday. In a statement, the Delhi Police on Wednesday said that the "detained persons will be arrested soon."
 
A total of 22 FIRs have been registered regarding the violence in which over 300 police personnel were injured, ANI reported. A day after vandalism in the Red Fort premises by the agitating farmers during the tractor rally, Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel along with police and other officials visited the incident spot where broken shards of glass, scattered pieces of paper, vandalised ticket counter, metal detector gate, and Police caps could be seen.
 
Meanwhile, Delhi Police in a statement said that it has registered an FIR under IPC Sec 395 (dacoity), 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 120 b (punishment of criminal conspiracy) and other sections, regarding yesterday's violence at Red Fort.
 
"The matter will be investigated by Crime Branch," it added.

Post violence, Lal Quila metro station closed, entry to Jama Masjid station restricted

A day after violence broke out during the farmers' tractor parade in the national capital, Delhi Metro authorities on Wednesday shut the Lal Quila station and restricted entry to the Jama Masjid station amid heavy security deployment at the Red Fort.
 
A large number of metro stations in central, north and west Delhi areas, including Lal Quila, ITO, Jama Masjid,Delhi Gate, Indraprastha, were shut on Tuesday soon after the tractor parade had taken a violent turn.
 
"Services at Delhi Metro stations, which were closed yesterday, had resumed late night. Lal Quila station has been closed again and entry to Jama Masjid station is restricted as of now. Normal services are there at all other stations," a senior DMRC official said.

Mayawati terms violence in Delhi during farmers' tractor parade 'unfortunate'

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Wednesday termed "unfortunate" the incidents of violence during farmers' tractor parade in Delhi.
 
She reiterated her appeal to the Centre to withdraw the three new farm laws immediately and end the long-running agitation of the farmers so that no such untoward incident can happen again.
 
Her remarks come after tens of thousands of farmers broke barriers to storm the national capital on Tuesday.

UP BJP MLA announces resignation over farmer unrest

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from the Meerapur Assembly seat in Muzaffarnagar, Avtar Singh Bhadana, has announced his resignation from the party protesting against the Centre's stand on the three farm laws.
 
Bhadana, a former MP from Meerut and Faridabad, has been sulking off late and had started visiting the protesting farmers in various parts of Uttar Pradesh.
 
He had earlier said the BJP leadership was not accepting his resignation. He said he will resign from all posts, including the Assembly seat, to protest the BJP's policies.

BJP MLA blames Sonia Gandhi, Rahul for violence during tractor parade, Congress hits back

BJP MLA Surendra Singh has alleged that violence during the farmers' tractors parade in the national capital had taken place on the directions of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and demanded that a case of seditionbe lodged against those involved in the violence.
 
Hitting back, Uttar Pradesh Congress media coordinator Lalan Kumar charged that the BJP government was responsible for the violence and said the BJP MLA's statement shows his "mental bankruptcy".

Rahul Gandhi urges Centre to rollback farm laws

Plea in SC seeks inquiry commission to look into farmer violence on R-Day

A plea was filed on Wednesday in the Supreme Court seeking setting up of a commission, headed by a retired apex court judge, to inquire the violence during the protesting farmers' tractor rally in the national capital on the Republic Day.
 
The plea has also sought direction to the concerned authority to lodge First Information Report (FIR) under relevant penal provisions against the individuals or organisations responsible for the violence and causing dishonour of the National Flag on January 26. Read on...

Farmers protest: Doubts raised over actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu's political affiliation

After the videos went viral on social media showing actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu handed over a flag to a man to hoist on the ramparts of the Red Fort on the Republic Day during farmers' tractor rally, farmer leaders on Wednesday raised doubts over his political affiliation, claiming that "he is a worker of the Bharatiya Janata Party".
 
After the Red Fort incident, Sidhu posted a video on his Facebook page claiming that, "We have only hoisted the Nishan Sahib at the Red Fort while exercising our democratic right to protest."
 
Responding to Sidhu's video, Bhartiya Kisan Union Rakesh spokesperson Rakesh Tikait told ANI that "Deep Sidhu is not a Sikh, he is a worker of the BJP."
 
"There is a picture of him with the Prime Minister. This is a movement of farmers and will remain so. Some people will have to leave this place immediately- those who broke barricading will never be a part of the movement," he said.

Important to respect peaceful protests, non-violence: UN on farmers' stir

In the wake of violence and clashes between farmers and police in India, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it is important to respect peaceful protests, freedom of assembly and non-violence.
 
Tuesday's tractor parade in New Delhi, which 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 iconic Red Fort. Read on...

Farm union calls meeting to discuss violence during tractor parade in Delhi

Samkyukta Kisan Morcha, 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 new farm laws.
 
A senior farmer leader said, "The Samkyukta Kisan Morcha will meet around 3 pm on Wednesday and discuss all aspects pertaining to violence that happened during the tractor parade in Delhi".
 
The Samkyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 41 farmer unions, is leading the protest against the three central farm laws at several border points of Delhi.

BKU distances itself from violence, Red Fort incident during farmers' tractor rally

Bhartiya Kisan Union Rakesh spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday distanced himself from the violence and Red Fort incident during farmers' tractor rally on the Republic Day, stating that those who created violence and unfurled flags at the fort will have to pay for their deeds.
 
Speaking to ANI, Tikait alleged that "uneducated people" were driving tractors who did not know the paths of Delhi.
 
"Uneducated people were driving tractors, they did not know the paths of Delhi. Administration told them the way towards Delhi. They went to Delhi and returned home. Some of them unknowingly deflected towards Red Fort. Police guided them to return and they returned," Tikait said.

Delhi: Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel visits Red Fort

Delhi: Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel visits Red Fort, a day after protestors barged into the iconic fort.

Broken shards of glass, scattered pieces of paper and vandalised ticket counter seen at the Red Fort in Delhi

Traffic remains affected at ITO, several roads closed due to protest by retired Delhi Police personnel

Traffic continued to remain affected at ITO on Wednesday due to a protest called by retired Delhi Police personnel against the violence which broke out during the farmers' tractor parade in the city.
 
The protesters are demanding proper action against the people who were involved in the violence.
 
According to the Delhi Traffic Police, the road going towards Connaught Place from Minto Road is closed and the road leading towards India Gate from ITO has also been closed.

BJP mainly responsible for violence during farmers' tractor rally in Delhi: Akhilesh Yadav

A day after violence which broke out during the farmers' tractor rally in various parts of Delhi, Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is mainly responsible for the situation.
 
"The way the BJP government has consistently neglected, humiliated and blamed the farmers, it has played a decisive role in turning the anger of the farmers into a rage. BJP is mainly responsible for the situation that has been created now. The BJP, assuming moral responsibility, should immediately repeal the agricultural laws," Yadav tweeted (translated from Hindi).

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Delhi Commissioner of Police is holding a meeting with senior officers regarding R-day violence

Delhi Commissioner of Police is holding a meeting with senior officers regarding violence during farmers' tractor rally yesterday.

Some miscreants joined the protest to defame farmers' movement: SS Pandher, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee

Some miscreants joined the protest to defame farmers' movement. We did not plan to unfurl the flags at Red Fort, this was not our programme. Deep Sidhu's photo with the PM has floated, we had already expressed doubt over him: SS Pandher, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee

More than 300 Police personnel injured after being attacked by agitating farmers on January 26: Delhi Police

More than 300 Police personnel injured after being attacked by agitating farmers on January 26, reports ANI.

Traffic congestion in parts of the national capital

Traffic alert: Minto Road is open now for traffic movement

ITO junction near the Delhi Police Headquarters closed with barricades on all sides

ITO junction near the Delhi Police Headquarters has been closed with barricades on all sides, reports NDTV.

Show me a flag without a stick: Tikait on a video where he was seen appealing to supporters to bring sticks

We said bring your own sticks. Please show me a flag without a stick, I will accept my mistake: Rakesh Tikait on viral video where he was seen appealing to his supporters to be armed with lathis

Those who broke barricades will never be a part of the farmers' movement: Rakesh Tikait, BKU

This is a movement of farmers and will remain so. Some people will have to leave this place immediately- those who broke barricading will never be a part of the movement: Rakesh Tikait, BKU

The route from Minto Road to Connaught Place closed, says Delhi traffic police

The route from Minto Road to Connaught Place has been closed, please avoid using this route: Delhi Traffic Police

Entry/exit gates of Lal Quila metro station are closed, says DMRC

Entry/exit gates of Lal Quila metro station are closed. Entry gates of Jama Masjid metro station are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).


Ghazipur Mandi, NH-9 and NH-24 have been closed for traffic movement

Ghazipur Mandi, NH-9 and NH-24 have been closed for traffic movement. People commuting from Delhi to Ghaziabad are advised to take Shahdara, Karkari Mor and DND: Delhi Traffic Police

Delhi Police registers 15 FIRs in connection with violence during farmers' tractor rally

As many as 15 FIRs have been registered by Delhi Police in connection with the violence which broke out during the farmers' tractor rally in the national capital on Tuesday.
 
According to sources in Delhi Police, 5 FIRs have been lodged in Eastern Range.

Farmers' protest LIVE: No place for anarchy in democracy, says RSS

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) National General Secretary Suresh Bhayyaji Joshi on Tuesday said that the violence that took place in Delhi followed by the incident at Red Fort on the occasion of Republic Day are condemnable and there is no place for such anarchy in a democracy.
 
"The violence that took place in Delhi on Republic Day is sad and condemnable," Joshi said in a statement issued to the press.
 
"Especially what happened in Red Fort is an insult to the freedom fighters and those who laid down their lives for the integrity of the nation. There is no place for such anarchy in a democracy," he added.

Farmers' protest: Security heightened at Singhu border


Delhi Police says 86 personnel injured in clashes with farmers

Farmers reneged on their commitment made during talks between Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and Delhi Police that they would carry out a peaceful protest on the agreed routes, adding that 86 police personnel were injured in violence across the city.
 
"The struggle between the police and farmers continued throughout the day until late evening. Most of the incidents were reported from Mukarba Chowk, Ghazipur, A-Point ITO, Seemapuri, Nangloi T-Point, Tikri border and Red Fort. 86 policemen so far have reported injured and several public and private properties have been damaged in this act of vandalism by the rioting mob," Delhi Police said in a release.

Pro-Khalistan group gathers in Washington in support of Indian farmers, reports ANI

Calling it an opportunity to fight for Indian farmers, members of Khalistani separatist groups along with others were seen in support of farmers outside the Indian embassy in Washington DC on Tuesday.
 
A protest hosted by Sikh DMV Youth and Sangat saw a few dozen people gathered in front of the Indian mission to criticise the new rules, which the Narendra Modi government passed in September as part of a broader effort to deregulate the nation's massive agriculture sector.
 
Many in the crowd held saffron-coloured 'Khalistan' flags and chanted anti-India slogans.

Delhi Police registers seven FIRs in connection with farmers' tractor parade

The Delhi Police on Tuesday registered seven FIRs in connection with the protesting farmers' tractor parade in the national capital, officials said here.
"Three FIRs were registered in east district, three in Dwarka and one in Shahdara district," a police official said.
 
More FIRs are expected to be registered, the police said.
 
Earlier in the day, the tractor parade meant to highlight the demands of the farmer unions 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 iconic Red Fort.
 
According to a statement by police, 86 personnel have reported injuries in the violence.
 
A protester died after his tractor overturned near ITO, one of the major flashpoints of trouble.
 
The Sayunkt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which comprises various farmer organisations, had proposed a "Kisan Tractor Rally" on Republic Day. The SKM had held several rounds of meetings with the Delhi Police in connection with their proposed tractor parade, the statement said.
 

Antisocial elements were behind violence during tractor parade: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said that some antisocial elements were behind the violence during the farmers' tractor parade in the national capital on Tuesday.
 
It was due to the Delhi Police's “actions” that some antisocial elements entered the parade and caused the violence, he said.
 
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesman in a statement also alleged that the Delhi Police had wrongly placed barricades at some places of the pre-decided routes of the parade.
 
"This was done intentionally to misguide farmers," Tikait said, adding that because of this, farmers on tractors went astray.
 
This gave antisocial elements the opportunity to enter the tractor rally, he claimed.
 
BKU believes in peaceful demonstration and will identify the miscreants behind the violence.
 
Tikait urged protesting farmers to keep themselves away from violence. The coordination committee members of the parade will look into the reasons behind the violence, he said.
 
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting against the Centre's new agri laws at various Delhi border points since November 28 last year and on Tuesday, they took out tractor parades in the national capital.
 
Ghaziabad District Information Officer (DIO) Rakesh Chauhan said in a statement that the tractor rally culminated peacefully in Ghaziabad and no untoward incident occurred.
 

Haryana Cabinet holds special meeting, appeals to protesting farmers to return home

The Haryana Cabinet held a special meeting here on Tuesday evening under the chairmanship of Chief Minister M L Khattar in the wake of the events that unfolded in the national capital during the tractor parade and appealed to all protesting farmers to return to their homes.


Khattar said farmer unions had assured a peaceful tractor rally in the national capital. "But the events which unfolded today make it clear that this agitation is now not under the control of these farmer leaders. And the command of this agitation is now in the hands of such anarchic elements whose ideology is different from the farmers' interests," he said. The chief minister issued a statement asking the farmer community to ponder over where their agitation was headed.


"The entire Haryana cabinet, through its special meeting held today, humbly appeals to all farmers of this agitation to return to their homes. The strong need of the hour this time is that together we defeat the designs of the anti-social elements," Khattar said.

Didn't look like farmers' stir; Khalistanis, Congress behind violence: Karnataka minister

It didn't look like farmers' stir. It was an act by terrorists. Terrorists, Khalisthanis & Congress workers are behind this. People who hate PM Modi attempted to destabilise govt but failed & are frustrated. They have been involved in this kind of acts: Karnataka Minister BC Patil

Delhi Police keeping strict vigil, registering cases after violent clash with farmers

30 Delhi police personnel in Dwarka seriously injured during clashes with farmers

30 police personnel including SHO of Mohan Garden Police Station sustained serious injuries in the violence in Dwarka district during today's tractor rally. Three FIRs are being registered in this regard: Delhi Police   

Tractor parade: Farmers start returning to protest sites on Delhi's borders

After hours of chaos during their tractor parade in Delhi against the Centre's new agri laws on Tuesday, thousands of protesting farmers, including those at the Red Fort and Mukarba Chowk, started returning to their sit-in sites at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders. Wielding sticks and clubs and holding the tricolour and union flags, tens of thousands of farmers atop tractors broke barriers, clashed with police and entered the city from various points 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 body in the tricolour and kept it at the ITO crossing, not allowing the police to send it for post-mortem. Police also had to use lathicharge and teargas shells to control unruly protesters at multiple locations in the city. "There is no protesting farmer at ITO crossing and the situation is under control," an official said.


However, there were still around 500 protesting farmers in the Red Fort till Tuesday late evening while at Mukarba Chowk, hundreds of farmers started moving back to the Singhu border points, another official said. Tens of thousands of protesters clashed with police in multiple places, leading to chaos in well known landmarks of Delhi and suburbs, amid waves of violence that ebbed and flowed through the day, leaving the farmers' two-month peaceful movement in tatters.


Farmers' union body Samyukta Kisan Morcha disassociated itself from those who indulged in violence during the tractor parade, and alleged that some "antisocial elements" infiltrated their otherwise peaceful movement.

4 cases registered for vandalism in East Delhi during farmers' tractor rally: Police

Four cases have been registered in connection with the vandalism in East Delhi during the farmers' tractor rally today. Eight buses and 17 private vehicles were vandalized: Delhi Police (Eastern Range)

Amit Shah holds emergency meet after farmers' violence

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday held an emergency meeting at his residence over the violence that rocked parts of the national capital during the farmers' Republic Day parade, PTI reported.
 
According to sources, the Home Secretary, Director Intelligence Bureau and senior officers of Delhi Police were present at the meeting called to take stock of the security arrangements in Delhi. More central troopers would be deployed in Delhi to meet any exigencies, sources said. PTI sources said that apart from additional forces, stand by security personnel have been arranged to control any untoward incident.
 
The Home Ministry swung into action after a group of farmers swarmed into the historic Red Fort, while incidents of violence were reported from the ITO area. Taking serious note of the chain of incidents, Shah called an emergency meeting where deliberations were underway to strengthen the security apparatus. According to intelligence inputs, some 'organised groups' are behind the violence.

LIVE: Protestors gather at Red Fort in Delhi

Protesters turned violent, many police personnel injured and public properties also damaged: Delhi Police

83 police personnel injured in tractor parade violence: Delhi Police Additional PRO Anil Mittal

83 police personnel injured in tractor parade violence: Delhi Police Additional PRO Anil Mittal

Letter to CJI urges him to take cognizance of violence during farmers' tractor rally

A Mumbai-based law student Tuesday wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde urging him to take suo motu cognisance of the violence that took place at the Red Fort here during the farmers' tractor march on Republic Day, PTI reported. The letter, written by Mumbai University student Ashish Rai, claimed that the tractor march event has been terrorized by some anti-social elements".
 
It said the way the flag of another community was waved at the fort in place of the national flag of India, it hurt the honour and dignity of the country. It claimed that a lot of public property was also damaged.
 
It is a shameful event and the whole country is also hurt by this incident. Because of this incident, the national flag has also been insulted along with the Constitution of the country, the letter said, adding that such kind of activities damage the constitutional sentiments of Indian citizen. It requested that a Special Investigation Committee be formed on this entire matter to conduct a rigorous inquiry against the anti-social elements involved in this unconstitutional activity and to punish the accused.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha calls off tractor parade, appeals participants to return to protest sites

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha called off the tractor parade by farmers on Tuesday and appealed to participants to immediately return to their respective protest sites. The tractor parade, which began much ahead of the scheduled time, turned violent with farmers opposing the Centre's new agri laws and police clashing at several areas of the national capital, according to PTI report.
 
Farmers continued to camp at several places in the national capital till late evening and there was no pre-decided time for concluding the parade.
 
"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 body said in a statement.
 
The Samkyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 41 farmer unions, is leading the protest against the three central farm laws at several border points of Delhi.

More paramilitary forces being deployed in Delhi after violence during farmers' tractor rally

In the wake of farmers' tractor rally turning violent, the Centre on Tuesday decided to deploy additional paramilitary troops in Delhi to restore peace and maintain law and order, PTI reported. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and attended by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava among others.
 
Additional paramilitary troops will be brought in for deployment in sensitive places in Delhi, a home ministry official said. The exact number of additional troops was not known immediately but officials suggested that it could be around 1,500 to 2,000 personnel (about 15 to 20 companies).
 
Around 4,500 paramilitary personnel were already deployed for law and order duties before the Republic Day. Earlier in the day, the Home Ministry decided to temporarily suspend the internet in parts of Delhi like Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk and Nangloi and their adjoining areas for 12 hours from Tuesday noon.

Legal action will be taken against those who assaulted police personnel during farmers' tractor rally

A Timeline: How things turned violent in Delhi on Republic Day

Farmers, who were seen as friendly and peaceful for more than 60 days as they waited for government to accept their terms, suddenly left behind a trail of vandalism, violence, holliganism as they hoisted their flags at the 17th century iconic Red Fort after running amok through the capital clashing with the police personnel in several parts of the national capital.
 
IANS brings the entire timeline of the farmers proposed 'Kisan Gantantra parade' that turned violent unexpectedly and went from peaceful to bloody becoming "Occupy Delhi" movement in no time.
 
7 am: Delhi-Haryana Tikri border: Farmers enter the national capital after breaking barricades.
 
8.30 am: Delhi-Haryana Singhu border: Thousands of farmers enter Delhi after breaking barricades at Singhu border. READ MORE HERE...

A protesting farmer died after a tractor rammed into barricades and overturned at ITO today: Delhi Police

Farmers broke pre-decided conditions for parade, many personnel injured: Delhi Police

The Delhi Police Tuesday said protesting farmers violated the conditions pre-agreed for their tractor parade and resorted to violence and vandalism, leaving many police personnel injured, PTI reported. In a statement, the police also claimed the force did all due diligence in following the conditions for the rally, but the protesters began their march much ahead of the scheduled time and extensive damage to public property was caused.
 
The police statement came as the national capital witnessed violent scenes during a tractor parade by farmers who entered the city in their tractors from different points to press for their demand of repealing the three new agri laws.
 
"The protesters violated conditions fixed for the rally. The farmers began tractor rally before scheduled time, they also resorted to violence and vandalism," Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal said. "We followed all conditions as promised and did our due diligence but the protest led to extensive damage to public property. Many policemen were also injured during the protest," Singhal said, without mentioning the exact number of personnel injured.

Movement of vehicles resumes at ITO

Latest visual from Red Fort

'High Alert’ issued directing all district police chiefs to be extremely vigilant: Haryana Police

In view of the violent incidents in several areas during the ‘Farmers Tractor March’ in Delhi on Republic Day, Director General of Police of Haryana, Manoj Yadava issued a ‘high alert’ directing all district police chiefs to be extremely vigilant: Haryana Police

Rajasthan farmers take out tractor rally into neighbouring Haryana

Farmers who have been agitating at Shahjahanpur in Alwar near Rajasthan-Haryana border took out a tractor rally to Manesar (Haryana) on Tuesday. Former CPI(M) MLA Amra Ram said hundreds of tractors and other vehicles participated in the rally. Our rally from Shahjahanpur to Manesar was peaceful and it received a good response from people. The rally started at around 11 am and concluded in the evening, PTI reported.
 
Bhiwadi Superintendent of Police Ram Moorti Joshi said nearly 300 tractors entered neighbouring Haryana from the state.
 
In Delhi, groups of farmers started going back to their respective sit-in sites on Tuesday evening after hours of chaos during their tractor parade against the farm laws in the national capital.

Farmers drove tractors off the routes and before the fixed time: Delhi Police Commissioner

The time and the routes for the tractor rally were finalised after several rounds of meetings. But farmers drove tractors off the routes and before the fixed time, leading to vandalism in which many police personnel were injured: Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava to ANI

Additional companies of Paramilitary Forces likely to be deployed in Delhi

Additional companies of Paramilitary Forces are likely to be deployed in Delhi. These would be over and above 15 companies which were sent yesterday. 5 companies were on standby today: ANI

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla briefed Home Minister Amit Shah about situation in Delhi

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla briefed Home Minister Amit Shah about situation in Delhi where farmers' tractor parade against farm laws turned violent: PTI

Groups of farmers start moving back to respective protest states, but thousands still in Delhi

Some groups of farmers started going back to their respective sit-in sites on Tuesday evening after hours of chaos during their tractor parade against the farm laws, but thousands of other protesters were still in several areas, including ITO, Nangloi and Mukarba Chowk, of the national capital. Hundreds of farmers were sitting at the ITO crossing and many, who entered the city from the Singhu border protest site, were moving towards Delhi's Outer Ring Road, PTI reported.
 
Farmers were seen moving back in batches to Tikri and Ghazipur border protest sites on Tuesday evening. Earlier, wielding sticks and clubs and holding the tricolour and union flags, tens of thousands of farmers atop tractors broke barriers, clashed with police and entered the city from various points to lay siege to the Red Fort and climb the flagpole on Republic Day on Tuesday.
 
A protesting farmer died after his tractor overturned at ITO during the farmers' tractor parade on Tuesday, police said. The farmers draped the body in the tricolour and kept it at the ITO crossing, not allowing the police to send it for post-mortem.

Vacate Delhi, return to borders: Punjab CM tells farmers

Perturbed over the "shocking scenes" of violence in the national capital, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday appealed to the farmers to vacate Delhi and return to the borders, IANS reported.
 
"Shocking scenes in Delhi. The violence by some elements is unacceptable," the Chief Minister said in a tweet. "It'll negate goodwill generated by peacefully protesting farmers. The farmer leaders have disassociated themselves and suspended tractor rally. I urge all genuine farmers to vacate Delhi and return to borders," he said.
 
Protesting farmers swarmed the Red Fort in Delhi during the tractor rally on the Republic Day even as the police tried to prevent them from driving towards central Delhi.

Normal service has resumed on grey line: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

Normal service has resumed on grey line: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

External elements indulged in violence today, weren't part of movement: AAP

Farmer leaders have said that those who indulged in violence today were not part of the movement and were external elements. Whoever they were, the violence has certainly weakened the movement which was going on so peacefully and in a disciplined manner: AAP

Vikas Marg to Yamuna Vihar is now open for traffic movement: Delhi Traffic Police

Vikas Marg to Yamuna Vihar is now open for traffic movement: Delhi Traffic Police
 

We strongly condemn the violence seen in today's protest: AAP

We strongly condemn the violence seen in today's protest. It is regrettable that the Central govt allowed the situation to deteriorate to such an extent. The movement has been peaceful for the last two months: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Govt orders internet shutdown in areas close to farmers protest sites in Delhi

The government on Tuesday ordered shut down of internet services in parts of Delhi NCR amid protests by farmers in the national capital.
 
A government order sent to telecom service providers directed temporary suspension of internet services in areas of Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk and Nangloi and their adjoining areas in the NCT of Delhi from 12.00 hours to 23.59 hours on the Republic Day, according to the Department of Telecom.
 
"Government has invoked Temporary Suspension of Telecom Sevices (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017 in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency to suspend internet services in areas closer to farmers protest sites," a source told PTI.

Farmers' protest LIVE: Metro Grey, Green lines completely shut

After closing all the stations on the Green line at noon on Tuesday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has now shuttered all stations on the Grey line as well, in the wake of the farmers' tractor rally running amok in the national capital, according to an IANS report. The Grey line stretches from Dwarka to Najafgarh metro station, while the Green line includes Inderlok all the way to Brigadier Hoshiyar Singh station.
 
Besides these, a few stations on Yellow, Blue, Red and Violet lines are also closed. Violet line's Lal Qila and Jama Masjid stations, Blue line's Indraprastha station and Red line's Jhilmil and Mansarovar Park stations have also been shut.
 
For Yellow line, the DMRC tweeted, "Entry and exit gates of Samaypur Badli, Rohini Sector 18-19, Haiderpur Badli Mor, Jahangir Puri, Adarsh Nagar, Azadpur, Model Town, GTB Nagar, Vishwavidyalaya, Vidhan Sabha and Civil Lines are closed."

Farmers stage protest against agriculture laws at Delhi-Jaipur Expressway in Haryana

Home Minister Amit Shah takes stock of law and order situation in Delhi from senior Home Ministry officials

Union Home Minister Amit Shah (file photo) takes stock of law and order situation in Delhi from senior Home Ministry officials: ANI

A protester died after his tractor overturned: PTI

A protester died after his tractor overturned.

Orders issued to close the gates of Red Fort: NDTV

Orders issued to close the gates of Red Fort: NDTV

Farmers storm Red Fort, clashes and teargas as R-Day tractor parade turns violent

Wielding sticks and clubs and holding the tricolour and union flags, tens of thousands of farmers atop tractors broke barriers, clashed with police and entered the city from various points to lay siege to the Red Fort and climb the flagpole on Republic Day on Tuesday. While farmer leaders, who have been spearheading the two-month protest at the national capital's border points to demand a repeal of the farm laws, disowned the protesters, one young man was seen hoisting a yellow triangular flag at the flagpole the centrepiece of the country's Independence Day celebrations, PTI reported.
 
The protesters were later removed from the premises of the Red Fort.
 
Eclipsing the annual show of military might at Rajpath, the farmers who were supposed to take out a tractor parade on pre-decided routes after the Republic Day event was over breached both conditions. Clashes and lathi-charges broke out in many places between a section of the protesters, many of them young, vocal and aggressive, and police personnel.
 
If police used teargas shells to disperse the restive crowds in some places, hundreds of farmers in ITO were seen chasing them with sticks and ramming their tractors into parked buses. 

We condemn and regret undesirable and unacceptable events that took place today during farmers' protest: Union

We condemn and regret undesirable and unacceptable events that have taken place today during farmers' protest: PTI quoted Samyukta Kisan Morcha as saying.

We thank farmers for unprecedented participation in 'Farmers' Republic Day Parade': Samyukta Kisan Morcha

We thank farmers for unprecedented participation in 'Farmers' Republic Day Parade': Samyukta Kisan Morcha

Police use baton charge, tear gas on farmers at Nangloi Chowk

The Delhi Police resorted to baton charge and firing of tear gas shells on farmers at Nangloi Chowk in West Delhi as they tried to deviate from the pre-agreed route to enter the national capital during their protest, according to a PTI report. The agitating farmers broke cement barricades at Nangloi Chowk and Mukarba Chowk following which the police used heavy tear gas shells to disperse the unruly crowd.
 
He said police personnel used tear gas to disperse groups of farmers coming from the Singhu border point as they tried to take out a march on the Outer Ring Road much ahead of the allotted time.
 
A different group of farmers also entered the premised of the iconic Red Fort and ITO in the heart of the city.

Farmers protest: Entry, exit gates of over 10 Delhi metro stations closed

The entry and exit gates of more than 10 metro stations in central and north Delhi were temporarily closed on Tuesday following clashes between police and protesting protesters at a number of places in the national capital.
 
Police used tear gas on groups of farmers and resorted to baton charge as protestors broke past barricades at different border points and did not take the pre-decided routes for their tractor parade in the national capital. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation took to Twitter to inform the public about the temporary closure of metro station gates.
 
"Entry/exit gates of Indraprastha metro station are closed. Entry/exit gates of Samaypur Badli, Rohini Sector 18/19, Haiderpur Badli Mor, Jahangir Puri, Adarsh Nagar, Azadpur, Model Town, GTB Nagar, Vishwavidyalaya, Vidhan Sabha and Civil Lines are closed," the DMRC tweeted. READ MORE...

Internet services temporarily suspended in the areas of Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk, Nangloi: MHA

Internet services temporarily suspended in the areas of Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk, Nangloi and their adjoining areas till 23:59 hrs on January 26: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

Anti-social elements infiltrated the otherwise peaceful movement: Samyukta Kisan Morcha

Despite all our efforts, some organisations and individuals violated route and indulged in condemnable acts. Anti-social elements had infiltrated the otherwise peaceful movement. We've always held that peace is our biggest strength& any violation would hurt the movement: ANI quoted Samyukta Kisan Morcha as saying.

We dissociate ourselves from those indulging in such acts: Samyukta Kisan Morcha

We thank farmers for the unprecedented participation in today's Farmers Republic Day Parade. We also condemn and regret the undesirable and unacceptable events that have taken place today and dissociate ourselves from those indulging in such acts: ANI quoted Samyukta Kisan Morcha as saying.

Entry/exit gates of Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil and Mansarovar Park are closed: DMRC

Entry/exit gates of Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil and Mansarovar Park are closed: DMRC

Tractor prade: Clashes between farmers, police in parts of Delhi, protestors enter Red Fort complex

Protesting farmers clashed with police at several places in the national capital and entered the iconic Red Fort and ITO in the heart of the city on Tuesday after hundreds of them deviated from pre-decided routes, prompting security personnel to resort to lathicharge and tear gas. Chaotic scenes were witnessed at ITO, where hundreds of protesters could be seen chasing police personnel with sticks and ramming their tractors into the buses parked by police, PTI reported.
 
At the ITO, a bus was vandalised by angry farmers.
 
Police on Tuesday fired tear gas shells and lathicharged farmers when they clashed with the force in parts of city
 
Police used tear gas on groups of farmers and resorted to baton charge as protestors broke past barricades with tractors at different border points and did not take the pre-decided routes for their march in 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 were adamant on heading towards central Delhi.

Entry/exit gates of Jama Masjid metro station are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

Entry/exit gates of Jama Masjid metro station are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
 

Police remove protesting farmers from Red Fort premises, resort to mild lathicharge

Police remove protesting farmers from Red Fort premises, resort to mild lathicharge.

Security personnel resort to lathicharge to push back protesting farmers in Nangloi area of Delhi

Dwarka-Najafgarh metro services suspended

Dwarka-Najafgarh metro services suspended

Mobile Internet services suspended at some places in Delhi: ABP News

Mobile Internet services suspended at some places in Delhi: ABP News

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh appeals to PM Narendra Modi to accept farmers' demands

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to accept the farmers' demands, saying the new farm laws were "completely wrong". Singh said the elderly farmers were sitting at the borders of Delhi not for themselves, but for their children and the future generations.
 
"The farm laws are completely wrong as they are against federalism since agriculture is a state subject under Schedule 7 of the Constitution," said Singh, who unfurled the national flag in Patiala at Raja Bhalindra Singh Sports Complex.
 
He appealed to Modi to fulfil the demands of the agitating farmers, who are sitting at Delhi's borders for the past two months. He hoped that the tractor parade of the farmers passes off as peacefully like their agitation has been so far
 
"Be peaceful and the country is with you," Singh said, declaring that his heart was with the farmers amid the Republic Day celebrations.

Traffic movement closed from Dwarka More to Uttam Nagar East Metro Station: Delhi Traffic Police

One of the protestors puts flags atop a dome at Red Fort

Rahul Gandhi denounces violence, demands withdrawal of farm laws

After clashes broke out between the agitating farmers and the police in Delhi during the tractor march, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday denounced the violence, IANS reported. He tweeted in Hindi, "Violence is not the solution to any problem, whoever gets injured the loss is of the country. In the interest of the country the farm laws should be withdrawn."
 
Hundreds of protesting farmers reached the iconic Red Fort in the national capital as the 'Kisan Gantantra parade' turned violent at several places. Farmers riding their tractors and bikes arrived at the Red Fort with the Indian National flag in their hands.
 
Visuals showed farmers assembled in front of the Red Fort even as hundreds of farmers clashed with the Delhi Police personnel near ITO intersection in central Delhi, which turned into a war zone on the eve of the Republic Day.

Police personnel sit on road in Nangloi to block farmers' tractor rally

Delhi Police personnel sat on the road in Nangloi in an attempt to block the movement of farmers tractor rally being held in protest against the three agri farm laws. Meanwhile, a Delhi Police personnel was rescued by protesters as another group of agitators attempted to block his way and assault him at ITO in Central Delhi, ANI reported.
 
Another Delhi Police personnel was looked after by fellow personnel as he fell unconscious while on duty at Dilshad Garden, during the farmers' protest. He is now being taken to a hospital after regaining consciousness.
 
Protests against the Union agri laws intensified in the national capital on Tuesday as groups of farmers were seen indulging in vandalism of public property and targeting police personnel deployed for Republic Day security. Reports of farmers breaking barricades to enter Delhi and indulging in vandalism poured from several parts of the city.

Some farmers broke police barricades, attacked police personnel: Delhi Police

People from political parties trying to malign farmers' agitation: Rakesh Tikait, Bharat Kisan Union

Rahul Gandhi denounces violence, demands withdrawal of farm laws

Connaught Place to remain shut as farmers' tractor parade turns violent

The Connaught Place in the heart of the national capital will remain closed Tuesday in view of the ongoing tractor parade by farmers which turned violent at some places in the city, the New Delhi Traders Association said. Atul Bhargava, the President of the Association, said the Delhi Police has advised the commercial hub to remain closed in view of the agitation, PTI reported.
 
"The tractor parade has gone haywire. The farmers have already reached ITO. I spoke to Police Commissioner and it was advised the markets remain closed. We have asked the outlets, which would have opened by now, to close down," he told PTI.
 
On Republic Day every year, Connaught Place opens around 1 PM.
 
"It is a day of peak sales for traders but safety of everyone is important so it is better to remain closed today," he said.

Tear gas shells fired by police at agitating farmers in Delhi's Nangloi

Traffic affected in parts of Delhi due to farmers' tractor rally

Traffic was affected in several parts of the national capital on Tuesday due to the ongoing farmers' tractor rally. The Delhi Traffic Police took to Twitter to give information about the situation, according to a PTI report.
 
"Traffic is very heavy on GTK road, Outer Ring Road, Badli road, KN Katzu Marg, Madhuban Chowk, Kanjhawala Road, Palla Road, Narela & DSIDC Narela roads. Please avoid these roads. Traffic is very heavy on Wazirabad road, ISBT road, GT road, Pushta road, Vikas marg, NH-24, Road no. 57, Noida link road. Please avoid these roads," it tweeted.
 
Police used tear gas on groups of farmers and resorted to baton charge as protestors broke past barricades with tractors at different border points and did not take the pre-decided routes for their march in the national capital.

LIVE: Farmers hoist flags at Red Fort, intensifying clashes with police

Deviating from the designated route for the proposed tractor parade, a section of protesting farmers entered the Red Fort on Tuesday and hoisted flags from some domes of the iconic monument in the national capital, PTI reported on Tuesday. Pushed back by the police form the ITO in Central Delhi a section of the protesting farmers drove their tractors to Red Fort complex.
 
The crowd swelled at the monument as some protesting farmers and 'Nihangs' (traditional Sikh warriors) were seen entering the Red Fort and hoisting a flag from the staff from which prime minister unfurls the tricolour on Independence Day.
 
Earlier, a clash broke out between police and protesting farmers after the latter reached ITO and tried to push towards Lutyen's Delhi, prompting the force to resort to lathicharge and use tear gas shells against them.

LIVE: Protesting farmers pelting stones at police force in Delhi

Protesting farmers pelting stones at police force in Delhi

Tear gas shells fired by police at agitating farmers in Delhi

Tear gas shells fired by police at agitating farmers in Delhi

Police lathicharge protesting farmers in Delhi

Police lathicharge protesting farmers in Delhi

After violent clashes with police, farmers swarm Red Fort

In unexpected developments, hundreds of protesting farmers swarmed the historic Red Fort on Tuesday as their 'Kisan Gantantra Parade' turned violent at several places in the national capital, IANS reported.
 
A large group of farmers riding tractors and motorcycles thronged the Red Fort carrying the tricolours and farmer union flags in their hands. A few youths even climbed up the flagpole on the 17th century landmark and put up a saffron-coloured pennant.
 
Visuals from the spot showed farmers swarming the Red Fort even as hundreds of others played a cat-and-mouse game with Delhi Police personnel near the ITO intersection in central Delhi, which witnessed chaos as security personnel were clearly outnumbered by the protesters. Other video clips showed farmers chasing away policemen on foot as well with tractors, and trying to remove a DTC bus parked across the ITO road stretch by pushing it out of way with a tractor.

 

Following farmer-police clash at ITO, a group of farmers reach Red Fort

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Tractor prade: Clashes between farmers, police in parts of Delhi, protestors enter Red Fort complex

Protesting farmers clashed with police at several places in the national capital and entered the iconic Red Fort and ITO in the heart of national capital, with hundreds of them deviating from pre-decided routes, prompting security personnel to resort to lathicharge and tear gas, PTI reported.
 
Chaotic scenes were witnessed at ITO, where hundreds of protesters could be seen chasing police personnel with sticks and ramming their tractors into the buses parked by police. At the ITO, a bus was vandalised by angry farmers.
 
Police on Tuesday fired tear gas shells and lathicharged farmers when they clashed with the force in parts of city. Police used tear gas on groups of farmers and resorted to baton charge as protestors broke past barricades with tractors at different border points and did not take the pre-decided routes for their march in the national capital.

Protesters enter Delhi's Red Fort and wave their flags from the ramparts: ANI

A protestor hoists a flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi

Another protestor puts a flag on the pole at Red Fort

Police use tear gas shells, lathicharge after clashes with farmers at ITO

Protesting farmers and police personnel clashed at ITO in the national capital when the former forced their way towards Lutyen's Delhi and damaged police buses with their tractors, prompting the force to use lathicharge and tear gas shells against them, PTI reported on Tuesday. Chaotic scenes were witnessed at ITO, where the protesters could be seen chasing police personnel with sticks and ramming their tractors into the buses parked by police.
 
The farmers who began their march from different border points, much before the time permitted to them for their tractor rally, had reached ITO in Central Delhi despite the force denying them permission for it. Police used teargas shells to disperse the crowd and appealed them to stick to the designated route for the rally and not take law in their hands, according to a PTI report.
 
The protesters could be seen riding tractors and trying to drive through the crowd and run over police personnel. 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 about heading towards central Delhi.

DTC bus vandalised by protesting farmers at ITO in central Delhi, reports ANI


Protesting farmers reach Red Fort in Delhi

Protesting farmers reach Red Fort in Delhi, deviate from approved route for the rally

Don't take law in your hands, maintain peace: Delhi police's appeal to farmers

The Delhi Police on Tuesday appealed to the protesting farmers to not take law in their hands and maintain peace as clashes between the force and protesting farmers broke out at a number of places in the national capital.
 
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.
 

Kisan Gantantra Parade live: Police officials sit on road in Nangloi to block the area

Police officials sit on road in Nangloi to block the area where farmers holding tractor parade have reached.

Entry/exit gates of ITO metro station are closed: DMRC

Entry/exit gates of ITO metro station are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

Will bear it all: ANI quotes farmers as Delhi police lathicharges protestors

Will bear it all, say farmers as Delhi police lathicharges protestors

Kisan Gantantra Parade live: Chanting 'jai jawan jai kisan' farmers pour into Delhi on tractors, horses

Chanting 'rang de basanti' and 'jai jawan jai kisan' numerous farmers rode tractors, motorbikes, horses and even cranes to cross the national capital's borders into the city for their proposed parade against the three contentious farm laws.
 
Locals stood on both sides of the roads at various locations showering flower petals on the farmers amid drum beats.
 
 
Standing atop vehicles decked up with flags, the protesters danced to the tune of patriotic songs such as 'Aisa desh hai mera' and 'Sare jahan se achcha'. Read on...

Kisan Gantantra Parade live: Protesters break barricade, attack police personnel

Kisan Gantantra Parade live: Farmers reach ITO, ISBT

Farmers reach ITO, ISBT

Tractor overturns at Delhi-Noida border, farmers put it back in no time

A tractor with two farmers on it overturned during a stunt at the Delhi-Noida border on Tuesday morning, as scores of protesters gathered here for demonstration against the new farm laws.
 
The tractor was being driven in a circular path at a high speed when it lost balance and overturned, while the two persons on board got minor injuries during the act at the Chilla border in the morning.
 
The sight of the overturned tractor, bearing a tricolour and a flag of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu), was short lived as several protesters came together to put the vehicle back on its four tyres.
 

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Tear gas shells fired at farmers trying to break barriers with tractors at Delhi's Mukarba Chowk

Police on Tuesday used tear gas on groups of farmers when they tried to break past barricades and cemented barriers with tractors at Delhi's Mukarba Chowk.
 
Groups of protesting farmers camping at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points of the national capital broke police barricades on Tuesday morning to force their way into the city, before the time allotted by the Delhi Police for their tractor parade.
 
Numerous tractors bearing flags assembled at the border points of the national capital with men and women dancing on drum beats as locals gathered on both sides of the road showering flower petals them.
 
Security personnel have been trying to convince the farmers to stick to the plan of holding the tractor parade after the conclusion of the Republic Day parade at Rajpath.

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Delhi: Locals in Swaroop Nagar shower flower petals on farmers as they carry out tractor parade


Kisan Gantantra Parade live: Farmers attempt to break a barricade at Ghazipur border

Farmers attempt to break a barricade at Ghazipur border as they participate in Kisan Gantantra Parade in protest against Centres farm reform laws, on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Farmers carry out tractor parade at Ghazipur border

Farmers carry out tractor parade at Ghazipur border amid high security deployment.  They are following the Ghazipur border-Apsra border-Hapur Road-IMS College-Lal Kuan-Ghazipur border route.

Farmers' tractor rally: Delhi police uses tear gas on protestors

Farmers' tractor rally: Delhi police uses tear gas on protestors

Security personnel stand guard at Nangloi during the farmers tractor rally on Republic Day in New Delhi


Tractor rally from Singhu border reaches Delhi's Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar

The rally will proceed towards DTU-Shahbad-SB Dairy-Darwala- Bawana T-point- Kanjawala Chowk-Kharkhoda toll plaza.



Farmers tractor rally in protest against the Centre's farm laws gets underway at Tikri border

Protesting farmers break police barricading at Delhi-Haryana Tikri border

Farmers break police barricade at Delhi border ahead of 'Gantantra Parade'

Farmers break police barricade at Delhi border ahead of 'Gantantra Parade', reports NDTV

Farmers' Republic Day tractor rally from Singhu border proceeds towards Kanjhawala Chowk-Auchandi border

Farmers' Republic Day tractor rally from Singhu border proceeds towards Kanjhawala Chowk-Auchandi border-KMP-GT road junction

Delhi-UP Ghazipur border: Protesting farmers to hold tractor rally today


Farmers' tractors with Tricolour ready for Republic Day tractor rally

Punjab CM blames AAP for attack on Congress leaders at Singhu border

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday blamed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers for the attack on state Congress Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu and Member of Legislative Kulbir Singh Zira at Singhu Border.
 
"The farmers had been protesting peacefully at the Delhi border for two months without resorting to any such acts. AAP workers present near the Kisan Sansad had attacked and manhandled Bittu and Zira. AAP and not farmers are responsible for the attack," said Singh speaking while speaking with the media in Patiala.
 
He claimed that the only agenda of AAP is to weaken the farmers' fight by creating trouble at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
"They (AAP) should understand that this country is thriving on 'lokshahi' (democracy) and not 'dhakashahi' (push and shove)," said the Chief Minister.
 

Delhi Police NOC for tractor parade caps number of participants, allocates fixed time slot

The Delhi Police has given a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to the protesting farmer unions for their proposed Republic Day tractor parade with 37 conditions, including capping the number of participants and allocating a fixed time slot, officials said on Monday.
 
According to the NOC, the parade has to be restricted to the permitted routes only, and no dharna, demonstration or sit-in protest should be held on the parade route.

Tight security for farmers' tractor parade

With the national capital on Tuesday witnessing two big events--Republic Day celebrations and a farmers' tractor parade--the city has been brought under heavy security cover with deployment of thousands of security personnel in central Delhi and several border points. Read on...

Guidelines for tractor rally: No weapons, no provocative slogans

The protesting farmers and the Delhi police have agreed to a lengthy list of guidelines to be strictly followed during the tractor rally on Republic day.
 
The Delhi police have made it clear that if any deflection from the agreed set of over three dozen guidelines is seen, the permission for the tractor rally would stand invalid. This has put the onus on the farmers and the volunteers to peacefully conduct the tractor rally and return to the designated spot once the rally is over.
 
According to the consensus reached by the two sides, not more than 5,000 tractors and 5,000 people would be permitted to take out the rally in the national capital on Republic Day. The farmers' proposed tractor rally would start after the end of the Republic Day celebrations. The timing for the rally is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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