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Farmers protesting against three farms laws introduced by the central government held a mega tractor rally in the national capital on Tuesday. They have been protesting on various borders points of Delhi since 26 November last year.

The rally took a violent turn during the day as the protesting farmers clashed with police at several places and entered the iconic Red Fort and ITO in the heart of national capital. Hundreds of the farmers deviated from the routes permitted by the Delhi police. Some of them also hoisted flags from atop the domes of the Red Fort.

Farm union leader Rakesh Tikait has said that the protesters wanted to conduct a peaceful march. However, the chaos broke out due to confusion over the routes.

Farmers' tractor rally live updates:

  • As many as 83 police personnel were injured when violence broke out during the tractor march, the Delhi police said in a statement.
  • Tractor rally called off: The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called off the Kisan Republic Day Parade with immediate effect and appealed to all participants to immediately return to their respective protest sites. The farmers' body said that the movement will continue peacefully and further steps will be discussed and decided soon.
  • Return to borders: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has urged all the protesting farmers to return to Delhi borders after violence broke during the tractor rally. "Shocking scenes in Delhi. Violence by some elements is unacceptable. It will negate goodwill generated by peacefully protesting farmers. Kisan leaders have disassociated themselves and suspended Tractor Rally. I urge all genuine farmers to vacate Delhi and return to borders," said the CM.
  • Metro updates: Normal service has resumed on grey line, according to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. Entry/exit has been permitted through one gate in the following stations — Samaypur Badli, Rohini Sector 18/19, Haiderpur Badli Mor, Jahangir Puri, Adarsh Nagar, Azadpur, Model Town, GTB Nagar, Vishwavidyalaya, Vidhan Sabha and Civil Lines.
  • AAP condemns violence during rally: "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. 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," the AAP said in a statement on Tuesday evening.
  • Traffic update: Vikas Marg to Yamuna Vihar is now open for traffic movement.
  • Farmers at Delhi-Jaipur Expressway:

  • Metro updates: Entry and exit gates of Mansarovar Park and Jhilmil have been opened. They were shut earlier in the day.
  • Traffic suspended: Traffic movement is closed from Yudhistir Bridge to Seelam Pur(both carriageways). Traffic is diverted from Geeta Colony and Signature Bridge.
  • One farmer who was part of the tractor rally has died after his tractor overturned. Protesters have alleged that police fired at his tractor. The incident happened on the DDU Marg near ITO in Central Delhi. Farmers have wrapped the body in a national flag.
  • Thank farmers for participation: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a body of the farmers' unions protesting against the Centre's three new farm laws, thanked the agrarians for taking part in the tractor march on Republic Day and condemned the violence that broke out during the rally.
  • Condemn the violence: "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," the Samyukta Kisan Morcha said.
  • Hijacked by anti-social elements: The farmers' body said that some organisations and individuals violated the rule of despite their efforts to control the tractor rally. "Anti-social elements had infiltrated the otherwise peaceful movement. We have always held that peace is our biggest strength and any violation would hurt the movement," the protesting unions said.
  • The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to temporarily suspend internet service in areas of Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri among others, till midnight.

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  • Farm union leader Yogendra Yadav has appealed to farmers to not pay heed to the rumours. "I appeal on behalf of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha to all farmers not to pay attention to rumours, also appeal to them to return to their designated routes. Please don’t do anything that tarnishes the farmers’ movement," said Yadav.
  • The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has shut all the entry/exit gates of stations on the grey line.
  • After breaching barricade at Nangloi, protesting farmers are now taking the designated route towards Najafgarh from Tikri border.
  • Delhi traffic advisory: Movement of traffic has been closed from R/A Shankar Road to Talkatora Road and Minto Road. Commuters have been advised to take alternate routes. "Please avoid NH 44, GTK road, outer ring road, Signature Bridge, GT road, ISBT ring road, Vikas Marg, ITO, NH 24, Nizammudin Khatta, Noida link road, Peeragarhi and Outer Delhi, East & West Delhi border areas due to ongoing farmer protests," said the Delhi traffic police.
  • Police have said that traffic movement from Kapashera Chowk to Bijwasan Road is closed. "Diversion is given from Kapashera Border and Samalkha T Point. Traffic movement is closed from Dwarka More to Uttam Nagar East Metro Station. Diversion is given from Dwarka More," said traffic police.
  • Amid the chaos, Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson of BKU farmer union informed the reporters, "We know the people who are trying to create disturbance, they are identified. There are people from political parties who are trying to malign the agitation," when asked that there are allegations that protests have gone out of the hands.
  • A protestor also went up the mast on the ramparts of the historic 17th century monument and raised a flag he was carrying at the place where the Tricolour is hoisted
  • 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.
  • The farmers who began their march from different border points, much before the time permitted to them for their tractor rally, reached ITO in Central Delhi despite the force denying them permission for it.
  • The Delhi Police 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.
  • At Nangloi Chowk in west Delhi and at Mukarba Chowk farmers broke cemented barricades and police used tear gas to disperse them.
  • 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.

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