New Delhi (India): A group of people claiming to be locals of the Singhu border gathered here on Thursday and raised slogans, demanding the area to be vacated.
People were raising slogans including ‘Will not tolerate tricolor’s insult’ and ‘Vacate the Singhu border’.
Farmers have been camping at the border site for almost two months as part of their protest against the Centre’s contentious farm laws.
Meanwhile, security has been heightened at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) after the violence broke out during a tractor rally in various parts of the national capital on Republic Day.
Protesting farmers did not follow the marked route for their tractor march on Republic Day and forcibly entered central Delhi by removing police barricades. They clashed with the police and also entered the Red Fort and unfurled their flags from its ramparts.
Several public and private properties were damaged in acts of vandalism by the protestors, while one farmer died after his tractor overturned at ITO.
At least 19 people have so far been arrested and over 25 criminal cases registered by Delhi Police in connection with the violence.
Delhi Police’s crime branch to investigate 9 cases of R-Day violence
Delhi Police’s Crime Branch will now take over the investigation of nine out of the total 25 cases registered in connection with violence during farmers’ tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day, Delhi Police said.
Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava on Thursday held a meeting with the Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) and other senior police officers at the police headquarters.
According to sources, directions have been given for the immediate arrest of the accused based on CCTV footage and eyewitnesses.
Directions have also been given to nab Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu and the person who hoisted the flag at Red Fort, they said.
Nineteen people have been arrested so far and over 25 criminal cases registered by Delhi Police in connection with the violence that broke out during the farmers’ tractor march on Tuesday, Police Commissioner (CP) SN Shrivastava had said on Wednesday adding that 394 police personnel sustained injuries in the violence and several of them are still admitted to hospitals.
‘You showed great patience’
The Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava has written to police staff lauding them for exercising restraint during violence in the national capital on Republic Day and asked them to stay alert as the coming days can be very challenging.
“You showed great patience despite the farmers’ agitation turning violent…394 of our friends were injured in the violence and some are in hospital. I met some of them, they are being given proper treatment,” read the message by Shrivastava.
“I would like to tell you that the coming days can be very challenging for us. So, we will have to be alert. We will have to remain patient and disciplined. I thank you for your patience and restraint,” he stated.
394 police personnel sustained injuries in the violence and several of them are still admitted to hospitals. Some of them are admitted to ICU wards, informed Police Commissioner (CP) SN Shrivastava on Wednesday.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.