India’s 72nd Republic Day couldn’t have taken an uglier turn. The farmers’ protest against the recently passed farm laws took a violent turn. The farmers were demanding to let them carry out a tractor rally inside the Red Fort, however this wasn’t agreed upon earlier between the Delhi Police and the Farmers Union.
The farmers were allowed to take out the planned tractor parade in the peripheral region including Delhi’s Outer Ring Road. The farmers unions and Delhi police had both decided the routes and it was agreed upon that they would restrict their rally around the outer region and would not enter central Delhi. But as the rally started some farmers deviated from the decided path and tried to enter the Red Fort. Along the way they were stopped by Delhi Police and the chaos broke out in which a youth got shot and lost his life.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) thanked farmers for the unprecedented participation in today’s Republic Day tractor parade. The union called the violent breakout as “undesirable and unacceptable.” However, they denied their participation in the event.
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