1 farmer dead in clashes with police at ITO Delhi, protesters removed after 90 minute long chaos from red fort premises

New Delhi/Jan,26 :One farmer has died as protesting farmers clashed with police at ITO in the heart of Delhi the national capital. Thousands of protesting farmers, who entered into Delhi with their tractors this morning, also poured into the Red Fort complex by afternoon, prompting security personnel to resort to lathicharge and tear gas. “We came here to deliver a message to the Modi government, our job is done. We will go back now,” said protesting farmers at the Red Fort. “We managed to reach the Fort even though they tried to stop us. We will not stop till we reach our goal — the repeal of the three farm laws,” another farmer said.
In visuals emerging from ITO, one of the main intersections in Delhi near media offices and the police headquarters, policemen in riot gear appeared to be outnumbered. The policemen were seen running or hiding behind cars as farmers armed with sticks chased them with sticks and ramming their tractors into the buses parked by police. One farmer died near the central Delhi’s ITO after his tractor overturned, said police.
Police removed protesting farmers from Red Fort premises on Tuesday where they had barged in after deviating from their planned route for the tractor parade and hoisted flags at the iconic monument in the national capital. Chaos reigned for nearly 90 minutes as some protesters, including ”Nihangs” (traditional Sikh warriors), forced their way into the Red Fort and hoisted a flag from the staff from which the prime minister unfurls the tricolour on Independence Day. The police later resorted to lathi-charge to vacate the Red Fort premises. Continuous announcements were being made asking the protesters to leave the complex peacefully.
Earlier, the farmers had deviated from the designated route for the proposed tractor parade against the new farm laws and moved toward ITO in central Delhi. Clashes broke out between police and protesting farmers after the latter reached ITO and tried to push towards Lutyen’s Delhi, prompting the force to use lathicharge and tear gas shells against them. The farmers began their march from different border points much before the time permitted to them for their tractor rally. The Delhi Police had permitted the farmers protesting the three farm laws to hold their tractor parade on selected routes only after the official Republic Day parade on the Rajpath concludes

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