Farmers Tractor Rally LIVE: Amit Shah must be sacked for the violence on Republic Day, demands Congress

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New Delhi | Updated: January 27, 2021 6:55:30 pm

Farmers Republic Day Traffic Rally Live Updates: Two farmer unions pulled out of the protests over the violence that shocked the nation on Republic Day. The Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan and the BKU-Bhanu announced that they would end the protests as what had happened yesterday was unacceptable to them. 

Farmers Tractor Rally Live in Delhi , Farmers Tractor Rally Today LiveFarmers Tractor Rally Live: A group of protesters have reached Red Fort defying police barricading and shunning the pre-decided parade route.

Farmers Tractor Rally on Republic Day Live Updates: The Congress today called Amit Shah the weakest Home Minister of India. “He must be sacked,” Congress media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said. He said the violence was a concerted efforts by the central government to defame the farmers’ “peaceful movement”. Earlier, two farmer unions pulled out of the protests over the violence that shocked the nation on Republic Day.

The Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan and the BKU-Bhanu announced that they would end the protests as what had happened yesterday was unacceptable to them. “We can’t carry forward a protest with someone whose direction is something else. So, I wish them the best but VM Singh and Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan are withdrawing from this protest right away,” VM Singh announced during a press conference.

The Delhi Police have named some farmer leaders in FIRs for the violence during tractor rally on Republic Day. Among the leaders named in the FIRs are Darshan Pal, Rajinder Singh, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Buta Singh Burjgil and Joginder Singh Ugraha for breach of NOC issued regarding farmers’ tractor rally. The FIR also mentions the name of BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait.

On Tuesday, clash broke out between police and protesters after latter removed the barricades to enter Central Delhi. The protesters did succeed in their attempt but a number of police got injured and public property destroyed during the confrontation. The Protestors entered the Red Fort premises and hoisted their two different flags there, an act that led to massive outrage.

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    18:55 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Many farmer bodies blame Deep Sidhu for Red Fort violence

    Actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu is in the eye of a storm for being among the protesters who put up a religious flag atop the Red Fort on Republic Day. Many farmers' bodies blamed him for inciting protesters to head towards the Red Fort during the farmers' tractor parade on Tuesday. They also accused 36-year-old Sidhu of allegedly trying to defame the farmers' peaceful agitation against the agri reforms introduced by the central government. Sidhu, since he joined the farmers' agitation against the new farm legislation last year, has been considered by several farm bodies as an "agent" of the government. However, Sidhu has sought to defend the action of the protesters at the Red Fort, saying they did not remove the national flag and had put up the 'Nishan Sahib' flag as a symbolic protest. (PTI)

    18:39 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Commuters face hardships due to traffic restrictions

    Following the violence on January 26 and updates about heavy traffic raised apprehensions of commuters to Delhi as several cab drivers refused to come to the national capital from adjoining areas on Wednesday.  People travelling from bordering or far-off areas like Noida, Faridabad and Narela, had to either reschedule their plans or wait longer to take cabs or autos.  "No one is willing to go towards central Delhi. They fear roads are blocked, I showed a driver the traffic advisory too, but he did not want to take a risk. I had to go by metro for a particular distance and then take an auto, which also could not drop me till last destination," said a commuter from Noida, who did not wish to be identified. (PTI)

    18:28 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    R-Day violence in Delhi insult to nation: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday described the Republic Day violence especially at the Red Fort in Delhi as an "insult to the nation". He said the incident has brought shame to the country and weakened the farmers' agitation, but made it clear that he continued to stand with them as the Centre's agri laws were "wrong" and against India's federal ethos. PTI

    18:04 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Not involved in Jan 26 violence: Lakha Sidhana

    Gangster-turned-social activist Lakhbir Singh aka Lakha Sidhana today distanced himself from the violence during the tractor parade in New Delhi on Republic Day and said he and some farmer leaders only marched up to the Outer Ring Road in the national capital. He denied his involvement in the incidents at the Red Fort and said it is a matter of investigation how people reached there despite so much security. Police have suspected Sidhana's hand in Tuesday's violence when tens of thousands of farmers broke barriers to storm the national capital. "I am pained at the incidents that took place on Tuesday but I am not involved in these. There is no video, photo or other evidence that shows that I instigated people. We had marched towards the Outer Ring Road under our farmer leaders in a peaceful manner. We never had any agenda of going towards the Red Fort," Sidhana, who is in his 40s, said. (PTI) 

    17:36 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala resigns from membership of House

    Farmers protest: Indian National Lokdal MLA Abhay Singh Chautala drove a tractor to reach the Haryana Assembly and handed over his resignation letter to the Speaker. He resigned from the membership of Haryana Legislative Assembly in support of the farmers protesting in Delhi against three farm laws. The resignation has been accepted  by the Speaker. 

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    17:25 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Amit Shah must be sacked for what happened yesterday: Congress

    The Congress today called Amit Shah the weakest Home Minister of India. "He must be sacked," Congress media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said. He said the violence was a concerted efforts by the central government to defame the farmers' "peaceful movement". 

    17:05 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    BKU-Bhanu pulls out of protest over violence on Republic Day

    Farmers protest: I am deeply pained by whatever happened in Delhi yesterday and ending our 58-day protest, announces Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh, president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) at Chilla border. 

    16:39 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee withdraws from protest

    VM Singh today announced that All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee will withdraw from the protests. "We can't carry forward a protest with someone whose direction is something else. So, I wish them the best but VM Singh and All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee are withdrawing from this protest right away," he announced. 

    16:12 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    'Action must be taken': Sardar VM Singh on violence on Republic Days

    All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee's Sardar VM Singh says farmers came for MSP, not hooliganism. "Action must be taken against those who took different route. It was shameful. We'll have to see how to go ahead with those who want to break agitation. Press conference at 4 pm."

    16:08 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Delhi Police's FIR mentions sequence of the incident at ITO

    The Delhi Police's FIR on ITO mentions the sequence of the incident. It mentions that the farmers started coming towards Central Delhi and constant requests of maintaining law and order were made to them. It also mentions the incident where a farmer died after his tractor overturned. The FIR says that the Police and others started rescuing them but the protesting farmers came there with tractors and attempted to hit Police officials. The police had a close shave and left from the spot, later they got to know that the farmer succumbed to his injuries.

    15:52 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Digvijaya Singh claims violence a concerted conspiracy to malign 'peaceful movement'

    Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on violence during tractor rally: 'At the Ghazipur border, the police barricaded the route which was the planned route for the tractor rally. Then police used tear gas which precipitated the violence that ensued. The farmers have handed over 15 people who started the violence yesterday. They have been found to have govt identity cards. Now you only understand who is in the govt. This was an act of concerted conspiracy to malign a peaceful movement.'

    14:54 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Delhi Police name Darshan Pal, Rakesh Tikait in FIR

    Tractor rally: In FIRs, the Delhi Police have named farmer leaders Darshan Pal, Rajinder Singh, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Buta Singh Burjgil and Joginder Singh Ugraha for breach of NOC issued regarding farmers' tractor rally. FIR also mentions the name of BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait. 

    14:52 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    DCP North Operator narrates what happened at Red Fort on Republic Day

    DCP North Operator narrates what happened at Red Fort on Republic Day: "Many violent people reached Red Fort suddenly. Drunken farmers or whoever they were, attacked us suddenly with swords, lathis, and other weapons. The situation was worsening and it was too difficult for us to control the violent crowd."

    14:50 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    SHO Wazirabad on what happened at Red Fort

    SHO Wazirabad on what happened at Red Fort: "We were deployed at Red Fort when many people entered there. We tried to remove them from the rampart of the fort but they became aggressive....We didn't want to use force against farmers so we exercised as much restraint as possible."

    13:19 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    IMF's Gopinath backs India's farm laws: "Reforms have potential to raise farm income"

    India's recently-enacted agri laws have the potential to increase farmers' income, but there is a need to provide a social safety net to the vulnerable cultivators, IMF's Chief Economist Gita Gopinath has said. Indian agriculture is in need of reforms, she said. There are multiple areas where the reforms are needed, including infrastructure, the Chief Economist of the Washington-based global financial institution said. Gopinath, in response to a question on the new farm laws, said: "These particular farm laws were in the area of marketing. It was widening the market for farmers. Being able to sell to multiple outlets besides the Mandis without having to pay a tax. And this had the potential to raise, in our view, farmers' incomes". "That said, every time a reform is put in place, there are transition costs. One has to make sure and pay close attention that it's not harming vulnerable farmers, to make sure that the social safety net is provided. Clearly there is a discussion right now and we'll see what comes out if it," she said. (PTI)

    13:15 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Haryana govt appeals to protesting farmers to return home

    The Haryana Cabinet yesterday held a special meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister M L Khattar in the wake of the events that unfolded in the national capital during the tractor parade and appealed to all protesting farmers to return to their homes. Khattar said farmer unions had assured a peaceful tractor rally in the national capital. "But the events which unfolded today make it clear that this agitation is now not under the control of these farmer leaders. And the command of this agitation is now in the hands of such anarchic elements whose ideology is different from the farmers' interests," he said. The chief minister issued a statement asking the farmer community to ponder over where their agitation was headed. "The entire Haryana cabinet, through its special meeting held today, humbly appeals to all farmers of this agitation to return to their homes. The strong need of the hour this time is that together we defeat the designs of the anti-social elements," Khattar said.

    13:12 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Delhi Police detain 200 in connection with violence on Republic Day

    Tractor rally violence: Delhi Police have detained 200 people in connection with the violence during farmers' tractor rally in the city on Republic Day. They will be arrested soon.

    12:51 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Tractor rally violence to be probed by Crime Branch

    Tractor rally violence LIVE: Delhi Police have registered FIR under IPC Sec 395 (dacoity), 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 120 b (punishment of criminal conspiracy) and other sections, regarding yesterday's violence. Matter will be investigated by Crime Branch. 

    12:24 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Visuals of vandalised ticket counter at Red Fort

    Tractor rally violence, Red Fort violence: Visuals of vandalised ticket counter, metal detector gate, broken shards of glass and Police caps seen at the premises of Red Fort.

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    11:54 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Farmers did not plan to unfurl flags at Red Fort, claims SS Pandher

    Farmers protest: Some miscreants joined the protest to defame farmers' movement. We did not plan to unfurl the flags at Red Fort, this was not our program. Deep Sidhu's photo with the Prime Minister has floated, we had already expressed doubt over him, says SS Pandher of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee.

    11:51 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Broken shards of glass, vandalised ticket counter seen at Red Fort

    Red Fort violence: Broken shards of glass, scattered pieces of paper and vandalised ticket counter seen at the Red Fort in Delhi. A group of protestors climbed to the ramparts of the fort and unfurled flags on January 26.

    11:24 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Delhi Police Commissioner is holding a meeting with senior officers

    Tractor rally violence: The Delhi Commissioner of Police is holding a meeting with senior officers regarding violence during farmers' tractor rally yesterday (January 26).

    10:57 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Delhi Police to hold a press briefing today

    Tractor rally violence: Delhi Police to hold a press briefing today over the incidents of violence in the national capital on January 26.

    10:23 (IST)27 Jan 2021
    Entry and exit gates of Lal Quila and Jama Masjid metro stations shut 

    Tractor rally LIVE: Delhi Metro has closed entry and exit gates of Lal Quila and Jama Masjid metro stations. 

    Average waiting time at Saket station is 35 minutes. In case of any fluctuations in crowd, the waiting time will be informed accordingly, says DMRC

    10:20 (IST)27 Jan 2021

    Tractor rally LIVE: 22 FIRs have been registered in connection with the violence during farmers' tractor rally yesterday. An FIR has been registered at IP Police Station. The case has been registered against unknown protestors including the farmer who died after his tractor overturned after ramming into a barricade.

    23:13 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Delhi Police keeping a close watch on the 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 and assault on public servant with deadly weapons regarding several incidents reported from various locations. 

    Most of incidents were reported from Mukarba Chowk, Gazipur, A-Point ITO, Seemapuri, Nangloi T-Point, Tikri Border & Red Fort. 86 policemen have reported injured & several public & private properties have been damaged in this act of vandalism by the rioting mob, Delhi Police said. (ANI)

    21:59 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    30 police personnel seriously injured in Dwarka district

    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, says Delhi Police. (ANI)

    21:27 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Farmers' violence: Four cases registered 

    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) said. (ANI)

    20:47 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    83 Police personnel injured; traffic movement normalises in many areas

    83 Police personnel were injured after being attacked by agitating farmers in Delhi today, Delhi Police said. 

    Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar said, 'Additional DCP (East) Manjeet had a close shave as an attempt was made to mow him down'. 

    Meanwhile, traffic movement is now normal from Shastri Park to ISBT, Mukarba Chowk to Singhu Border, Loni Border, Chintamani Chowk, Barapulah and DND, Delhi Traffic Police

    Earlier Traffic Police had said traffic movement is now normal from NH-24 towards Ghaziabad and NH-9 towards Ghaziabad. Traffic movement is now normal at Peeragarhi Chowk and Punjabi Bagh Chowk. 

    Traffic movement is also now normal on Vikas Marg, Delhi Gate and ISBT Anand Vihar towards Uttar Pradesh, Delhi Traffic Police said.

    (With ANI Inputs)

    20:01 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Haryana sounds high alert

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar while chairing a high-level meeting today, has directed all Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of Police, and Superintendents of Police to remain on ‘high alert’ to ensure law and order situation in the state is not disturbed at any cost, Haryana CMO said. 

    Internet and SMS services will remain suspended in Sonipat, Palwal, and Jhajjar districts of Haryana till 5 pm tomorrow to check misinformation, the Haryana government said. (ANI)

    19:38 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Samyukt Kisan Morcha calls off Kisan Republic Day Parade 

    Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called off Kisan Republic Day Parade with immediate effect and appealed to all participants to immediately return to their respective protest sites. The SKM announced that the movement will continue peacefully and further steps will be discussed and decided soon, ANI reported.

    19:36 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    'Farmers were expected to seize the capital'

    "It is amazing that so many were taken aback by the fact that the agitating farmers broke their word to the Delhi Police and, instead of sticking to the agreed route for their tractor march, broke all the barricades to prevent them from coming into the capital, tried to mow down policemen who blocked their way, and even managed to reach the Red Fort to unfurl a flag of their own. The farmers have always had a maximalist agenda and have made no secret of their double-speak," writes Financial Express Managing Editor Sunil Jain. READ FULL ARTICLE

    19:27 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Delhi Metro Update

    Entry/exit gates of Samaypur Badli, Civil Lines, Vidhan Sabha and Uttam Nagar East are open. Entry gates of Shastri Nagar and Kanhaiya Nagar are closed, says DMRC.

    19:25 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Punjab CM Amarinder Singh says violence in Delhi unacceptable

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the violence during the farmers’ tractor parade against the new agriculture laws in Delhi is unacceptable even as he ordered a high alert in his state.

    The chief minister condemned the incidents that took place at the historic Red Fort and urged the farmers to immediately vacate the national capital and return to the borders, where they had been protesting peacefully for the past two months. READ MORE

    18:39 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Delhi Police statement on violence during tractor rally by farmers

    The Delhi Police Tuesday said protesting farmers violated the conditions pre-agreed for their tractor parade and resorted to violence and vandalism, leaving many police personnel injured. In a statement, the police also claimed the force did all due diligence in following the conditions for the rally, but the protesters began their march much ahead of the scheduled time and extensive damage to public property was caused. The police statement came as the national capital witnessed violent scenes during a tractor parade by farmers who entered the city in their tractors from different points to press for their demand of repealing the three new agri laws. PTI

    18:34 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Traffic movements resume at ITO after protesting farmers clear the road

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    18:30 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Farmers start moving back to respective protest states

    Some 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, but thousands of other protesters were still in several areas, including ITO, Nangloi and Mukarba Chowk, of the national capital. READ MORE

    18:22 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Railways offers full refund for missing trains due to tractor rally

    The Northern Railway has announced to refund the ticket price for passengers who missed their trains due to the tractor rally in the Nation Capital on Tuesday. "Passengers who are not able to reach stations and 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 up to 2100 hours today through TDR & e-TDR for e-tickets," CPRO of Northern Railway said as reported by ANI.

    17:59 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    AAP condemns violence during tractor rally

    The Aam Aadmi Party condemned the violence during the tractor rally held by protesting farmers in Delhi on Tuesday.

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    17:41 (IST)26 Jan 2021
    Punjab CM Amarinder Singh urges agitators to return to Delhi border
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