A policeman was injured by a sword during clashes this afternoon at Singhu border between Delhi and Haryana, the epicenter of the two-month long farmer protest against three central laws.
Visuals showed a man holding a sword, surrounded by the police. The man was believed to be one of the protesting farmers.
The farmer had allegedly attacked a group that barged into the protest site, despite heavy police presence, vandalized the protesters' tents and broke their washing machines.
A Station House Officer was "grievously injured" when he tried to stop the farmer, said Delhi Police.
SHO Alipur, Delhi intervenes between rioting protestors (MKSC faction) and local Singhu villagers, who had gone to register their protest against the happenings on Republic Day-2021 and continued loss of ordinary livelihoods for over two months.. @CPDelhi@LtGovDelhi@PMOIndiapic.twitter.com/mHRtduL6q0— #DilKiPolice Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) January 29, 2021
Another video showed policemen cornering the farmer and then raining blows on him with sticks.
Stones were thrown during the clashes, which finally tapered off after the police used tear-gas.
The police were seen taking away the bloodstained sword.
Swords were also seen on Tuesday, when a Republic Day tractor rally of the farmers in Delhi dissolved into chaos after protesters clashed with the police and stormed into the historic Red Fort.
The police alleged that one of their comrades was injured in an attack with a sword during clashes at the ITO crossing in Delhi, just opposite the police headquarters.