Amidst high security, the protesting farmers carry out a tractor parade at the Ghazipur border this Republic Day marking their protest against the contentious agri-laws.
Earlier, ahead of the tractor rally, the agitating farmers near the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border broke police barricades to enter the national capital. The farmers not only used tractors, some were on foot too. Earlier on Sunday, the police had given permission to farmers to conduct their tractor rally to Delhi, but on one condition that the farmers will start it once after the completion of the parade at Rajpath.
The tractor rally that started from Singhu border has reached the Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar in Delhi and they will be moving to DTU-Shahbad SB Dairy- Darwala- Bawana T-Point- Kanjawala Chowk – Kharkhoda toll plaza. The agitating farmers even climbed the top of a police water cannon vehicle at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar in Delhi.
At the Singhu border, the police have used teargas against the protesting farmers. A large number of farmers have stopped proceeding while some others have continued ahead. Also, chaos prevailed at Singhu border as farmers broke the police barricade and police resort to lathi-charge and stone-pelting.
Meanwhile, the farmer leaders also announced that they will be organising a march on foot to Parliament on February 1, the day Union Budget will be presented. Also, around 6,000 farmers from 21 districts in Maharashtra reached Mumbai in a convoy of 500 vehicles to begin their three-day sit-in at Azad Maidan expressing their solidarity with the agitating farmers at the Delhi borders.
The tractor rally will mark the completion of two months of farmers protest against the Centre over the three controversial farm bills passed by the Parliament in September last year.