Chaos at tractor rally, farmers lathicharged

New Delhi: Police today used tear gas on groups of farmers when they tried to break past barricades and cemented barriers with tractors at Delhi’s Mukarba Chowk.

Chaos erupted at the borders of the capital as protesters were lathi-charged and tear-gassed by policemen. The disarray was caused after the protesters – allowed to hold the ‘Kisaan Parade’ between 12 and 5 PM – began the march much before time and deviated from the agreed routes.

The tractor march which was meant to be a peaceful protest aimed at only putting forward the issues the farmers are facing went berserk on Tuesday with the participants flouting the undertaking that the union leaders of the protesting farmers gave to the Delhi Police.

An official said police personnel used tear gas to disperse groups of farmers coming from the Singhu border point as they tried to hold a march on the Outer Ring Road much ahead of the allotted time.

Stunning visuals showed farmers breaching barriers at the Singhu border, which divides Delhi and Haryana and has been the epicentre of protests against the farm laws that began late November. More than 5,000 protesters had gathered at various points outside the Delhi border.

 

NT Bureau