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Farmers storm into Delhi and enter Red Fort to convey their message

Rida Shaikh

The Red Fort complex was captured by farmers in the afternoon after thousands of them stormed the barricades during their ‘peaceful' tractor march. Visuals indicated that many farmers climbed onto the flagpole below the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort where Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on Independence Day.

They also took over the Ramlila Maidan outside the Red Fort with their tractors where the rally was officially planned to have been carried out. The farmers were heard saying that they won’t leave Delhi but they are expected to move after the negotiations with the Delhi Police.

The violence began in Delhi when the farmers broke the barricades and stormed into Delhi, this deviating from the route that was agreed upon by both the farmers and the Delhi Police.

One of the farmers spoke to NDTV and said that they were trying to convey a message and now that it has been conveyed, they will leave the Red Fort. He said, “We came here to deliver a message to the Modi government, our job is done. We will go back now.”

“We managed to reach the Fort even though they tried to stop us. We will not stop till we reach our goal -- the repeal of the three farm laws.”

The farmers who had been incessantly protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws were granted the permission to hold a tractor rally on Republic Day. However, the Delhi Police issued a series of notifications to maintain the peace during Republic Day’s rally. The Delhi Police notified that the farmers were granted permission only to show respect for their demand.

Despite the details that were agreed upon, one of the participants -- the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee – claimed last evening that they would not stick to the route.The tractor rally was supposed to officially commence from 10 am but it was later tweaked. The rally was not supposed to enter the city before the traditional Republic Day parade by the armed forces ended around 11.30 am.

Nevertheless, by around 8 in the morning, the farmers stormed into the city on foot. Visuals showed that they broke the barricades placed at the Singhu border.


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