On Wednesday, Delhi Police Commissioner accused the farmers leaders of betrayal on the violence during the tractor march of farmers on Republic Day. Police Commissioner S. N. Srivastava told the press conference that keeping in mind the interests of the safety of the people, the tractor parade was allowed with certain terms and conditions and all these things were given in writing to the farmer leaders. The time for the parade was from 12 noon to 5 pm. This was to be led by the peasant leaders. He was also given in writing that there should not be more than 5000 tractors (in rally) and he should not have any weapon. He said that the farmer leaders were also involved in the violence and during this time we exercised great restraint. Farmer leaders betrayed us.
The Delhi Police Commissioner said that on 2 January, the Delhi Police had come to know that the farmers were going to rally the tractor on 26th. We asked the farmers to take out a tractor march at Kundli, Manesar, Palwal, but the farmers were adamant on taking out a tractor rally in Delhi itself. He said that by late evening of January 25, it was revealed that the farmers were not keeping their word. They brought forth aggressive and extremist elements who took the stage and made inflammatory speeches, making their intentions clear.
The police commissioner further informed that the police has taken strong action in the case of violence on Tuesday. More than 25 criminal cases have been registered so far. Police are using facial recognition system and CCTV and video footage is being used to identify the accused. The Police Commissioner clearly said that no person convicted in the violence will be spared. He said that 19 accused have been arrested and 50 people have been detained. they are being interrogated. The police commissioner said that at the time when the violence was taking place, we had many options at the time, but the police remained calm.
394 police personnel sustained injuries in the violence (during the tractor rally on Jan 26) and several of them are still admitted to hospitals. Some of them are injured to ICU wards: Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava pic.twitter.com/QkXgvIvD3a
– ANI (@ANI) January 27, 2021
FIR registered against farmer leaders
Delhi Police has named 37 farmer leaders including Darshan Pal and Yogendra Yadav in an FIR in connection with the violence during the tractor parade of farmers. Police said they would investigate their role. More than 300 policemen were injured in the violence. The FIR mentions several sections of IPC including 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (punishment for rioting), 353 (banning a public servant / public servant by a person from discharging his duty) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) Are included. Among the farmer leaders against whom Delhi Police has filed FIRs – Rakesh Tikait, Yogendra Yadav, VM Singh, Vijender Singh, Harpal Singh, Vinod Kumar, Darshan Pal, Rajendra Singh, Balveer Singh Rajewal, Buta Singh, Jagtar Bajwa, Joginder Singh Names of Ugrahan are also included.
On Republic Day, miscreants created a ruckus in Delhi
Significantly, on Tuesday, on the occasion of Republic Day, there was violence during the tractor parade of farmers in Delhi. Thousands of protesters broke barricades, clashed with police, overturned vehicles and placed a religious flag on the Red Fort. Police also used tear gas shells and lathicharge to control them. A situation of chaos also arose on the ITO, where the protesters were seen rushing police personnel with sticks in their hands and their tractors hitting the buses standing there. Angry farmers on ITO also vandalized a bus.