Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted Tuesday evening to criticise those behind the violence that consumed parts of Delhi on Republic Day – as a section of farmers protesting the centre’s agriculture laws disregarded last night’s agreement with the police and stormed into the city.
“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 and suspended the tractor rally. I urge all genuine farmers to vacate Delhi and return to the borders,” Mr Singh tweeted.
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 #TractorRally. I urge all genuine farmers to vacate Delhi & return to borders.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) January 26, 2021
As the nation celebrated Republic Day in the morning, farmers protesting outside Delhi’s borders for nearly two months knocked down police barricades long before the time that had been agreed upon for their tractor rally in the capital.
The farmers, despite heavy police presence and teargassing, entered Delhi and reached the key ITO intersection that is virtually the gateway to the VIP zone in the heart of Delhi. There were clashes between farmers and cops at the spot, right outside the Delhi Police headquarters.
The situation rapidly escalated as farmers drove their tractors into the iconic Red Fort. Protesting farmers climbed the ramparts and tried to put up yellow flags of Sikh religious significance.
It took hours for the police to remove the protesters from the 400-year-old Mughal-built monument.