R-Day violence: Police FIRs name Tikait, Yogendra Yadav

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Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: January 27, 2021 3:24:09 pm

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Delhi Police has registered FIRs in connection with the violence during Tuesday’s tractor rally that mention the names of at least 10 farm leaders, including Yogendra Yadav and Rakesh Tikait. Senior officers said police have registered 22 FIRs across 10 districts under IPC sections of rioting, criminal conspiracy, robbery, attempt to murder and others.

A senior police officer said they will summon the farm leaders in the coming days for questioning. “We have already detained around 200 protesters on charges of rioting, damaging public property and attacking police personnel,” an officer said.

Police said more than 300 police personnel were injured, most of them during clashes at ITO and Red Fort. “We are making arrests after conducting proper verification. We are also looking into CCTVs near Red Fort, ITO, Nangloi and other areas where the violence erupted,” the police said.

On Wednesday, security was beefed up in several parts of the city, with paramilitary forces stationed in several places like Red Fort, central Delhi and the three farm protest sites.

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Anil Mittal, Additional PRO (Delhi Police), said, “We have registered 22 FIRs in connection with Tuesday’s violence where hundreds of policemen were injured.”

A 27-year-old farmer, Navreet Singh, died during the chaos at ITO when his truck rammed barricades and overturned.

On Sunday, police and farm union leaders had come to an agreement that the protesters will march from the borders to KMP Expressway and KGP Expressway. However, on Tuesday, thousands of protesters from the Singhu border and Ghazipur borders changed their route and moved towards Akshardham.

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The march then went to Central Delhi’s ITO and Red Fort, where police resorted to teargas shelling and lathi charge while farmers vandalised public property and attacked police personnel. At Red Fort, a section of protesters climbed poles and walls and hoisted their Nishan Sahib flag.

Police said CRPF personnel also sustained injuries in the clashes and their vehicles too were damaged.

On Sunday, police and farm union leaders had come to an agreement that the protesters will march from the borders to KMP Expressway and KGP Expressway. However, on Tuesday, thousands of protesters from the Singhu border and Ghazipur borders changed their route and moved towards Akshardham. The march then went to Central Delhi’s ITO and Red Fort, where police resorted to teargas shelling and lathi charge while farmers vandalised public property and attacked police personnel. At Red Fort, a section of protesters climbed poles and walls and hoisted their Nishan Sahib flag.

(With Jignasa Sinha)

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