Chaos at Delhi border as farmers break barricades, police use tear gas | The Daily Star
01:11 PM, January 26, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:18 PM, January 26, 2021

Chaos at Delhi border as farmers break barricades, police use tear gas

Indian police today used tear gas on groups of protesting farmers who attempted to break through barricades at Delhi's Mukarba Chowk.

The farmers were camping at border points of Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur of the national capital. They broke police barricades this morning to enter Delhi before the time allotted by police for their tractor parade that coincided with India's Republic Day parade, reports our New Delhi correspondent quoting police.

Police personnel used tear gas to disperse the groups of farmers coming from Singhu as they tried to hold a march on the Outer Ring Road much ahead of the allotted time, an official said.

Several tractors bearing flags assembled at the border points with farmers dancing to drum beats as locals gathered, showering flower petals on them.

Security personnel tried to prod the farmers to stick to the time of holding the tractor parade after the conclusion of the Republic Day parade at Rajpath.

A member of the Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 41 unions, leading the protest against the three central farm laws at several border points of Delhi, claimed those who broke the barricades belonged to the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee.

An official said around 6,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain vigil. Facial recognition systems have also been set up at vantage points, the official said.

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