Tractor Rally in Delhi: Thousands of farmers knocked down barricades as they entered Delhi.
One farmer has died as protesting farmers clashed with police at ITO in the heart of national capital. Thousands of protesting farmers, who entered into Delhi with their tractors this morning, also poured into the Red Fort complex by afternoon, prompting security personnel to resort to lathicharge and tear gas.
The police have managed to remove them from inside the fort using batons. Outside the fort, tractors took over the Ramlila Maidan, the site where the farmers had originally planned their protest. The farmers have blamed "anti-social elements" for the violence.
A high level meeting is underway at Union Home Minister Amit Shah's residence where he is being briefed about today's situation. The Home Secretary and Delhi Police Commissioner are in attendance.
Internet services have been temporarily suspended in some parts of Delhi amid clashes between the police and thousands of agitating farmers, whose tractor rally veered off the permitted course, news agency ANI has reported.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has closed the entry and exit gates at several metro stations, mainly in north and central Delhi as the situation escalated.
"We came here to deliver a message to the Modi government, our job is done. We will go back now," one of the farmers told NDTV at the Red Fort. "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," a farmer said.
In earliers visuals from ITO, one of the main intersections in Delhi near media offices and the police headquarters, policemen in riot gear appeared to be outnumbered. The policemen were seen running or hiding behind cars as farmers armed with sticks chased them with sticks and ramming their tractors into the buses parked by police.
Here are the Latest News on farmers' tractor rally:
Mamata Banerjee Blames Centre's "Insensitive Attitude" For Delhi Violence
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today she was "deeply disturbed" by the violence on the streets of Delhi during farmer protests. She blamed what she called the centre's "insensitive attitude towards farmers" for the escalation and urged the government to repeal the laws that have triggered the protests.
Police gypsy crushed by farmers' tractor: Pic Farmers Protest violence: Delhi Police keeping close watch on situation
Delhi Police are keeping a close watch on the situation and also registering cases of violation of lawful directions, rioting, damage to public property & assault on public servant with deadly weapons regarding several incidents reported from various locations: 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.
Goa Chief Minister condemns violence during farmers' tractor rally
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday condemned the violence during a tractor parade
taken out by farmers in Delhi and the way some protesters forced their way into the Red Fort and hoisted a religious flag.
He termed the violence as an act of hooliganism and sought strong action in the matter.
Mr Sawant tweeted: "I condemn the violence against police and rampage into the Red Fort in the name of Farmers Protest! This anti-national hooliganism must be dealt with strongly."
Delhi Police registers four FIRs in connection with farmers' tractor parade
The Delhi Police on Tuesday registered four FIRs in connection with the protesting farmers'' tractor parade in the national capital, officials said.
"Three FIRs were registered in east district and one in Shahdara district on Tuesday," a police official 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.
A protester died after his tractor overturned near ITO, one of the major flashpoints of the trouble.
In a statement, the city police said protesting farmers violated the pre-decided conditions agreed upon for their tractor parade.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister condemns violence during tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday condemned the vandalism on the streets of Delhi on Republic Day terming them as the doing of "anarchic elements in the name of farmers".
A tractor march meant to highlight farmers' demands dissolved into anarchy on the streets of the national capital as hordes of rampaging protesters broke through barriers, fought with police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the rampart of Red Fort.
"What was done by some anarchic elements in the name of farmers today in Delhi should not have happened. Anyone who indulges in an act like this on the occasion of a national festival cannot be a farmer," Mr Rawat said, addressing a programme held by the India Development Council here on collective singing of Vande Mataram on Republic Day.
He also said he salutes farmers who did not take part in the aggressive demonstrations in Delhi on Republic Day.
"There can be no logic in destroying public property like this," he said.
30 police personnel seriously injured in Delhi violence today
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
Traffic movement is now normal from Dhaula Kuan to Naraina: Delhi Traffic Police
Watch: Karnataka tractor rally under Samyukta Kisan Morcha
Delhi farmers protests: Protestors attacked Police at Red Fort
"Many police personnel injured": Delhi Police PRO
Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal says, "Protesters turned violent at some places. Many police personnel were injured & public properties also damaged. I appeal to protesters to return through the designated routes & maintain peace".
Photos: Protestors gather at Red Fort in Delhi
4 vandalism cases filed in connection to Delhi violence
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)
MK Stalin blames AIADMK for the passage of farm laws
DMK president MK Stalin on Tuesday squarely blamed the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu for
the passage of the three farm laws in Parliament, leading to the 60-day old agitation by farmers near Delhi.
If the AIADMK had opposed the draconian laws, it would not have been passed in Parliament and would not have led to the present situation, Mr Stalin told party workers.
He condemned the alleged lathicharge on farmers while taking out their tractor rally in Delhi.
CPI(M) organises "Farmers parades" in Kerala
The ruling CPI(M) in Kerala on Tuesday organised ''farmers parades'' in several places in the state, expressing solidarity with royts agitating in Delhi demanding repeal of the contentious central agriculture laws.
The parades were held at places, including panchayatsand municipalities, in support of the farmers' tractor rally in the national capital on Tuesday.
Left parties condemn violence during farmers' rally, blame Centre for letting things go out of hand
Left leaders on Tuesday condemned the violence that broke out on the streets of the capital during the tractor rally of farmers, but squarely blamed the government for letting the situation deteriorate.
The Delhi Police had given permission to farmers protesting the agri reforms to hold their tractor parade on selected routes only after the official Republic Day parade on the Rajpath concluded.
Deviating from the designated route for the tractor parade, the protesting farmers reached the Red Fort and hoisted flags from some domes of the iconic monument in the national capital.
They earlier clashed with the police at ITO while trying to enter Lutyen's Delhi. The police used tear gas shells and lathi-charge to dispel the violent farmers.
"The situation has been brought to this pass by the Modi government. Farmers have been protesting peacefully in the cold for more than 60 days, not allowed to come into Delhi and more than 100 kisans are dead," CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said in a tweet.
Mobile internet suspended in 3 Haryana districts for 24 hours as Delhi witnesses violent protests
Mobile internet services were suspended in three Haryana districts of Sonipat, Jhajjar and Palwal until 5 pm Wednesday, the state government said Tuesday evening, as violent protests by farmers rocked neighbouring Delhi.
Haryana's Home Secretary Rajeev Arora said the order is issued to prevent any disturbance of peace and public order in the districts.
The order comes into force immediately and will remain in effect till 5 pm of January 27, he said.
He said the order covers internet services (2G/ 3G/4G/CDMA/GPRS), all SMS services (excluding banking and mobile recharge) and "all dongle services etc provided on mobile networks except voice calls in territorial jurisdiction of district Sonipat, Palwal and Jhajjar of Haryana State".
He asked all telecom service providers in Haryana including the Head of BSNL (Haryana jurisdiction) to ensure compliance.
"This order is being passed ex-parte in view of the emergent situation...Any person found guilty of violation of this order will be liable for legal action under relevant provisions," as per the order.
District Administration and SSPs of Dehradun, Nainital, Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar districts have been directed to remain alert in wake of violence during today's tractor rally in Delhi: Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar
Farmers protest: Around 200 artists of Republic Day parade stranded for hours near Red Fort
Around 200 artists of Republic Day parade were stranded since around 12 noon near Red Fort due to the tractor rally have now been rescued by Delhi Police.
I feel ashamed and take responsibility: Yogendra Yadav on violence during tractor parade
Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav said he felt "ashamed" of the way the farmers' tractor parade turned out on Tuesday, and took responsibility for it.
"Being a part of the protest," he said, "I feel ashamed of the way things proceeded and I take responsibility of it."
"Violence impacts any kind of protest in a wrong way. I cannot say at the moment who did it and who did not, but prima facie it looks like it has been done by the people that we kept out of the farmers' protest," Mr Yadav told.
"I appealed continuously that we stick to whatever route was decided and not deviate. Only if the movement goes peacefully, we will be able to win," said Mr Yadav, who has been supporting the farmers' agitation against the new agriculture laws.
BREAKING | 83 police officers injured in Delhi. Mainly seriously injured, hospitalised.
34 police persons injured in East District in today's violence during Kisan Andolan.
Traffic mayhem in many parts of Delhi due to farmers' tractor parade
Traffic went haywire on national capital roads on Tuesday as the tractor parade taken out by farmers spilled into many parts of the city and reached Central Delhi's ITO and Red Fort areas despite police raising barricades and checkpoints at multiple places.
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 Delhi from various points to lay siege to the Red Fort and climb the flagpole on Republic Day.
The traffic on the city roads, though thin due to the Republic Day holiday, was thrown completely out of gear with hordes of protesting farmers deviating from the pre-designed rally routes and driving their tractors towards Delhi from Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and other border points.
With police and farmers involved in clashes at many places, some parts of the city were cut off with Traffic Police regulating movement of vehicles in view of presence of farmers at places such as ITO, Red Fort, Nangloi, Anand Vihar, Mukarba Chowk and Akshardham.
The Delhi Traffic Police took to Twitter to update commuters about situation developing on roads in different parts of the city.
Farmers hold tractor parade in Punjab's Hoshiarpur
Farmers took out a tractor parade in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district and shouted slogans against the Centre for bringing "black" farm laws.
The parade was taken out in many parts in the district, including Hoshiarpur, Hariana, Garhdiwala, Tanda, and Mukerian towns.
The farmers were led by Harbans Singh Sangha, member of Azad Kisan Committee Doaba.
The vehicles of farmers carried flags and banners in support of their agitation.
The farmers claimed that their tractor parade remained peaceful.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha calls off Kisan Republic Day Parade
JUST IN | Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called off Kisan Republic Day Parade with immediate effect &appealed to all participants to immediately return to their respective protest sites. SKM announced the movement will continue peacefully& further steps will be discussed & decided soon: SKM
Farmers rally: Tractor march held peacefully in Maharashtra's Aurangabad
A tractor march organised in Maharashtra on Tuesday to extend support to the protesting farmers in New Delhi passed off peacefully.
Around 150 to 200 people, five tractors, cars, and two-wheelers participated in the morcha, which started from Delhi Gate and culminated at Bhadkal gate, separated by a distance of about 2.2 kms.
The march was organised by the Maharashtra Rajya Kisan Sabha and the Maharashtra Rajya Lal Bawta Shetmajur Union.
Some workers of the Congress also joined the procession.
Ram Baheti, one of the organisers of the march, told reporters that around 4,000 volunteers from Aurangabad had recently visited Delhi and participated in the agitations being held at borders of the national capital.
Farmers on tractor try to break barricade on Palwal-Faridabad border
The Palwal police chief and another officer had a narrow escape Tuesday as some protesting farmers allegedly drove their tractors dangerously and tried to break barricades to force their way into Delhi through a non-designated route at Palwal-Faridabad border, police said.
They said the farmers had been given a different route for their tractor parade, but they did not stick to it, forcing the police to resort to lathicharge.
A Palwal police official said some farmers drove their tractors dangerously on the Agra-Mathura-Delhi Highway, endangering the lives of police personnel on duty, which prompted the police action.
Some farmers were injured in the incident. Palwal SP Gahlawat told PTI a few policemen were also hurt.
"We were trying to persuade them (farmers) to use the designated route allotted to them, but some among them turned violent. About 4-5 tractors dangerously drove towards us and I and one more officer had a narrow escape," he said.
He said it was at that point that the police decided to use force to stop the farmers from proceeding ahead in that fashion.
Additional security forces to be deployed in Delhi to maintain law and order
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will deploy additional paramilitary forces in the national capital amid a tense security situation following clashes between protesting farmers and Delhi Police.
Sources in the government said that the process of sending additional paramilitary forces has been initiated following the conclusion of a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, during which the decision was made.
The meeting was attended by top officials like Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Srivastava and the director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
"Yesterday, 15 companies of paramilitary forces were sent to Delhi. Ten were from CRPF and rest five were from other paramilitary forces. Similarly, five companies were on standby today," a senior government official told ANI.
In the meeting that lasted for almost 90 minutes, the Home Minister also took stock of the law and order situation in the national capital.
According to sources in the government, since this morning the MHA has been getting hourly updates and has been monitoring the situation in Delhi. Senior Delhi police officials briefed Union Home secretary Ajay Bhalla about the situation in the afternoon, sources informed.
Legal action to be taken against those who assaulted cops: Delhi top police officer
JUST IN | Legal action will definitely be taken against those who assaulted the police personnel during the farmers' tractor rally today: Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi
Violence cannot solve any problem: TMC's Sougata Roy on farmers' tractor parade
Reacting to the unprecedented seige by farmers at the Red Fort and clashes with the police at the national capital on Republic Day, senior Trinamool Congress leader Sougata Roy on Tuesday said violence cannot solve any problem and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi inform the nation about the Centre's stand on repeal of the three farm bills.
He also expressed surprise on PM Modi's silence over the farmers' stir.
Referring to the entry of a section of agitating farmers into the compound of the Red Fort, a monument of national importance, Mr Roy told reporters that it meant the police had failed to stop them.
Repeal contentious farm laws, urges Tamil Nadu opposition
Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday expressed concern over the clash between farmers and police in Delhi and urged the Centre to hold talks with them and repeal the three contentious farm laws against which thousands have been protesting for two months.
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 Delhi from various points to lay siege to the Red Fort and climb the flagpole on Republic Day on Tuesday.
DMK President M K Stalin flayed the Centre for "enacting a drama" in the name of talks with the agitating farmers and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold discussions
He claimed that the Centre's approach in this issue was the reason for violence breaking out today in the national capital.
In a Facebook post, MK Stalin said "farmers should realise that violence will help the government''s diversion politics."
"Both sides should attempt to find a solution within democratic norms," he said.
"Without further delay, the Prime Minister should invite the farmers and hold talks himself.
The three farm laws which are being rejected by farmers should be repealed by the Centre," he added.
Farmers Protest: Visual Of The Red Fort This Evening High Alert In Haryana Amid Farmers Protests
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
"Handling Of Agitation Regrettable": Sharad Pawar on farmers protests today
Farmers Protests In Delhi: Movement of vehicles resumes at ITO
JUST IN | Centre's insensitive attitude, indifference towards farmers are to be blamed. Centre should engage with farmers and repeal the" draconian" farm laws: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Farmers Protests: Update on Metro stations in Delhi
- Entry/exit gates of Kashmere Gate and Azadpur metro station are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
- Entry & exit gates of Indraprastha are open.Entry gates of Uttam Nagar East metro station are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
- Entry gates of Rohini Sector 18, Vidhan Sabha, Model Town and Inderlok are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
Farmers Protests: Additional paramilitary forces likely to 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: Govt sources
Passengers who are not able to reach stations & catch trains in Delhi area stations due to Kisan agitation are requested to apply for full refund of all trains departing from all stations of Delhi area upto 2100 hrs today through TDR & e-TDR for e-tickets: CPRO, Northern Railway
Farmers Protests: Delhi police says public property damaged
- 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 SN Shrivastava to ANI.
- Public properties have also been damaged. I appeal to the protesting farmers not to indulge in violence, maintain peace and return through the designated routes: Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava to ANI.
- Protesters turned violent at some places. Many police personnel were injured & public properties also damaged. Police exercised restraint & used force only when needed. I appeal to protesters to return through the designated routes & maintain peace: Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal
Farmers Protest: 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," he said.
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, unions stage protests in Tamil Nadu against farm laws
Farmers and trade unions in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday held protests against the Centre's new farm laws as well as in support of the protestors opposing them in Delhi for the past two months.
Many protesters, who took out motorcycle rallies, carried the National flag and also placards with slogans condemning the farm laws in many parts of the state although police had declined permission for the procession.
Such processions were held in Thanjavur, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli and Nagapattinam, among others. Tense moments prevailed for sometime in Thanjavur when a group of farmers had a scuffle with the police for stopping them. Over 300 people who attempted to protest on the Thanjavur-Tiruchirappalli highway were detained by police.
Farmers held tractor rallies in Tiruchirappalli in support of the ryots. According to superintendent of police, Tiruchirappalli (in-charge), Senthil Kumar, no arrests were made.
In Cuddalore too, farmers rode two-wheelers and staged a protest.
Farmers Protest Delhi: High Alert in Punjab
Captain Amarinder Singh has urged farmers to return to border points. High alert has been sounded in Punjab.
Farmers Protest In Delhi: Meeting At Amit Shah's Residence Over
The meeting at Union Home Minister's Amit Shah's residence over the farmers protest in Delhi has concluded. Security has been increased at Amit Shah's residence. The Krishna Menon Marg has been completely barricaded from both sides. Internet speed in Lutyens Zone has been significantly reduced. Additional paramilitary forces are likely to be positioned in Delhi after farmer protests escalated into clashes in parts of the capital
Farmers protest: Update on metro stations in Delhi
- Entry/exit gates of Kashmere Gate and Azadpur metro station are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
- Entry & exit gates of Indraprastha are open.Entry gates of Uttam Nagar East metro station are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
Video: Farmers break police barricades at Peeragarhi Chowk
Not jawan against kisan: Shashi Tharoor on farmers protests
Farmers Protests Delhi: Sharad Pawar condemns violence, slams Centre
Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore on farmers protest
Farmers protests: Shashi Tharoor extends condolences on death of protestor
Saddened to learn of the death of a protestor &agree that violence must be avoided by both protestors &authorities - it resolves nothing& resorting to it reduces the state to the level of its enemies. We must resolve this crisis through democratic means, not force. #FarmProtests
- Shashi Tharoor on Twitter
BJP leader Ram Madhav on farmers protest in Delhi
Farmers Protest: Farmers break barricades at Ghazipur border, 2 police officers injured
Two Delhi Police officials including a Deputy Commissioner (DCP) were injured at Ghazipur border on Monday while trying to stop agitating farmers from breaking the barricades.
Additional DCP (East) Manjeet and a probationer IPS officer got injured while they were trying to stop farmers from breaking the barricades. The DCP had a close shave as one of the farmers tried to to hit him with his tractor.
Meanwhile, agitating farmers forced their way into central Delhi on the Republic Day using tractors to move barricades erected by the police. Protesting farmers reached ITO after breaking police barricades placed opposite old Delhi Police headquarters and were seen vandalising vehicles.
Several people including police personnel suffered injuries during the clash between protesting farmers and police.
Farmers Protest Red Fort: Captain Amarinder Singh condems violence
"Shocking scenes in Delhi. The violence by some elements is unacceptable. It'll negate goodwill generated by peacefully protesting farmers. Kisan leaders have disassociated themselves & suspended Tractor Rally. I urge all genuine farmers to vacate Delhi & return to borders," Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted.
Farmers Protest Red Fort: AAP Condemns ViolenceWe strongly condemn the violence seen in today's protest. It is regrettable that the Central government allowed the situation to deteriorate to such an extent. The movement has been peaceful for the last two months. 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. Farmers Escalate Protests In Delhi, Warned It May Undermine Their Cause
Thousands of farmers on Tuesday escalated protests to revoke controversial agricultural laws, clashing with police and storming key landmarks in New Delhi to pressure Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The farmers, who have camped at various border points around the capital for two months, had permission to demonstrate after the completion of an annual military parade to mark Republic Day. But many gathered early in the day and broke through barricades on the outskirts of the city, prompting police to deploy tear gas in some areas.
Farmers, Cops Exchange Roses, Share Meals At This Spot Amid Delhi Clashes
Even as tension soared in Delhi amid the farmer protest that took a turn for the worst in the heart of the city, heartwarming scenes were witnessed at the Chilla border point between the national capital and Uttar Pradesh where the agitating crowd exchanged roses with state police personnel.
Farmers Protest Delhi: Never in country's history had to farmers protest so long for their demands: Ashok Gehlot
Continuing his attack against the Centre over the new farm laws, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said it has never happened in the history of the country that the farmers had to protest so long to get their demands fulfilled.
He said the central government has insulted the farmers and claimed that the process adopted while enacting the fresh legislations was faulty since the beginning.
"No one is ready to listen to farmers and to understand their sentiments, which is very unfortunate. The farmers have been agitating for over two months in the cold, taking out tractor rallies. This is an unfortunate situation and not in the country's interest," Mr Gehlot told reporters after attending the Republic Day function at the secretariat.
He asked whether in a democracy does a government not change its decisions.
"Changing or withdrawing decisions given public sentiments shows a big heart," the chief minister said.
Mr Gehlot said there are reports of deaths of about 150 people during the ongoing farmers'' agitation but the government was not bothered.
"Demands can be made by any section of the society and there can be a way out. But the process adopted while enacting the farm laws was faulty since the beginning. In Parliament too, the opposition was not heard," he said.
"The basic reason for this situation is distrust," he added.
Farmers Protest Red Fort: Sikh religious flag was hoisted by protesters at Red Fort
The flag hoisted by protesters from a staff at the iconic Red Fort during their tractor parade against the farm laws on Tuesday was the ''Nishan Sahib'', a symbol of Sikh religion seen at all Gurdwara complexes.
The ''Nishan Sahib'' is a triangular flag that is sacred to Sikhs. The emblem on the flag comprises of ''Khanda'', a two-edged sword, Chakra, a disc, and two Kirpans that cross each other at the handles.
The other flag appeared to be of a farmer union.
A large number of protesters deviated from the designated route for the proposed tractor parade in the national capital and barged into the Red Fort. They were later removed by the police.
Farmers Protest Red Fort: Stones Thrown At Red Fort As Police Try To Remove Farmers: 10 Points
One person died and clashes between the police and protesting farmers were seen in parts of Delhi on Republic Day as the farmers' tractor rally took a chaotic turn. Veering from the designated route, the farmers made for the iconic Red Fort, where they hoisted a religious flag, entered the forecourt and climbed the ramparts. The police have managed to remove them from inside the fort using batons. Outside the fort, tractors took over the Ramlila Maidan, the site where the farmers had originally planned their protest. The violence started in the morning as farmers broke barricades and stormed into Delhi ahead of time. The farmers have blamed "anti-social elements" for the violence. Internet has been suspended in parts of the city.
Several additional metro stations closed due to farmers' protest
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Tuesday announced that the entry and exit gates of all stations of the Grey Line have been closed, as clashes between the farmers and Delhi Police intensified during protests against the Centre''s three new farm laws.
"Security Update Entry/exit gates of all stations on grey line are closed," tweeted DMRC.
Meanwhile, entry and exit was also barred at Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil, Mansarovar Park and Jama Masjid metro stations.
"Security Update Entry/exit gates of Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil and Mansarovar Park are closed," DMRC tweeted.
"Security Update Entry/exit gates of Jama Masjid metro station are closed," it said in a subsequent tweet.
The gates of several other metro stations had been closed earlier today as the protests intensified.
"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," DMRC tweeted.
Entry/exit gates of all stations on the green line, Lal Quila, Indraprastha and ITO metro stations have been closed.
Meeting Underway at Amit Shah's Residence Over Farmers Protests
High level meeting at Union Home Minister Amit Shah's residence. Home secretary and Delhi Police Commissioner in attendance. Amit Shah being given a brief on today's incident at the Red Fort and other areas. Security review could be actioned off post this meet
Farmers Protest: Sanjay Raut Slams Centre Over Farmers Protests At Red Fort
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has slammed the Central Government saying, the government didn''t listen to the protesting farmers till the end.
"Was the government eagerly waiting for this day? The government did not listen to millions of farmers till the end. What type of democracy is flourishing in our country? This is not democracy, brother...something else is going on. Jai Hind," he tweeted.
Farmers Protest: Priyanka Chaturvedi Condemns Situation At Red Fort
Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha lawmaker Priyanka Chaturvedi also condemned the incident, said any violence in a democracy is not acceptable.
"Disturbing images of protest going out of control at the Red Fort. Tricolour disrespect is unacceptable. Any violence in a democracy is unacceptable. Law must be supreme. No side wins, the nation loses. Sad day for the Republic," she tweeted.
At this site near East Delhi's Chilla border, farmers and cops exchange roses, share food.
"Can't condone lawlessness": Shashi Tharoor says farmers' flag atop Red Fort ''most unfortunate''
As protesters agitating against the new farm laws entered the premises of Red Fort here on Tuesday and hoisted from its ramparts flags they were carrying, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor condemned the act and said although he supports the farmers'' protest, he cannot condone lawlessness.
"Most unfortunate. I have supported the farmers'' protests from the start but I cannot condone lawlessness. And on Republic Day no flag but the sacred tiranga should fly aloft the Red Fort," Mr Tharoor tweeted.
Protesters removed from Red Fort premises by police
Police removed protesting farmers from Red Fort premises on Tuesday where they had barged in after deviating from their planned route for the tractor parade and hoisted flags at the iconic monument in the national capital.
Chaos reigned for nearly 90 minutes as some protesters, including ''Nihangs'' (traditional Sikh warriors), forced their way into the Red Fort and hoisted a flag from the staff from which the prime minister unfurls the tricolour on Independence Day.
The police later resorted to lathi-charge to vacate the Red Fort premises. Continuous announcements were being made asking the protesters to leave the complex peacefully.
Earlier, the farmers had deviated from the designated route for the proposed tractor parade against the new farm laws and moved toward ITO in central Delhi.
Clashes broke out between police and protesting farmers after the latter reached ITO and tried to push towards Lutyen's Delhi, prompting the force to use lathicharge and tear gas shells against them.
The farmers began their march from different border points much before the time permitted to them for their tractor rally.
The Delhi Police had permitted the 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
Security personnel resort to lathicharge, tear gas to push back the protesting farmers
Entry/exit gates of all stations on grey line, Jama Masjid metro station and Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil and Mansarovar Park are closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)
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. Despite all our efforts, some orgs & individuals violated route & 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: Samyukta Kisan Morcha
Internet temporarily suspended in parts of Delhi
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) - ANI
Traffic movement is closed from Yudhistir Bridge to Seelam Pur
Traffic movement is closed from Yudhistir Bridge to Seelam Pur (both carriageways). Traffic is diverted from Geeta Colony & Signature Bridge: Delhi Traffic Police
Internet Cut In Parts Of Delhi, Nearby Areas Amid Farmers' Protest
Internet services have been temporarily suspended in some parts of Delhi amid clashes between the police and thousands of agitating farmers, whose tractor rally veered off the permitted course entering several areas including the iconic Red Fort, news agency ANI has reported.
Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel tweeted to say that it was "sad and unfortunate" to see the farmers' protest taking a violent turn. "I condemn the violation of its dignity. It is sad and unfortunate," tweets Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel.
Thousands of protesting farmers who stormed into Delhi with their tractor rally this morning, poured into the Red Fort complex by afternoon, as violence continued in parts of the city. Visuals from the spot showed them climbing a flagpole below the ramparts of the iconic Mughal fort, from where the Prime Minister addresses the nation on Independence Day.
Tikri Border update: After breaching barricade at Nangloi, protesting farmers are now taking designated route towards Najafgarh
"Message was conveyed much before": Farmers on deviating from route
Protesting farmers claim that they had communicated to police about their plans to go to Ring Road. "We always had plans to go to Ring Road and the message was conveyed much before," a protesting farmer tells NDTV's Mariyam Alavi atop a tractor entering Delhi from Singhu border.
Farmers' protest live updates: 3 routes were cleared for the Tractor rally
Three routes were cleared for the farmers to hold the parade - 63-km route near Singhu Border, 62.5 km-long route from Tikri border, a 68-km long route from Ghazipur border that divides Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. However, some of the groups deviated from the planned route and entered the iconic Red Fort and ITO in the heart of national capital.
Tractor rally news: Significance of flag hoisted by protesting farmers at Red Fort explained
Visuals from the spot showed them climbing a flagpole below the ramparts of the iconic Mughal fort, from where the Prime Minister addresses the nation on Independence Day. As tractors took over the Ramlila Maidan outside the fort -- the original site where they had planned their protest -- farmers were heard saying that they will not leave Delhi now. NDTV's Mohammed Ghazali explains the significance of the flag
Just In: Police have entered the Red Fort and are convincing the protesters to leave the premise.