Barricades to open on January 26 as police allow protesting farmers' Tractor Rally in Delhi
File photo of farmers protesting against the Central farm laws with a tractor march, at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border, on January 7, 2021.IANS

Barricades to open on January 26 as police allow protesting farmers' Tractor Rally in Delhi

New Delhi, January 24, 2021

The Delhi Police on Sunday said that it has, after several round of talks with the farmers groups protesting against the three new Central farm laws, permitted the tractor rally inside Delhi on January 26.

Police has said that the barricades would be lifted at Singhu and Tikri on Delhi's border with Haryana and Gazipur on the border with Uttar Pradesh, on January 26 after the Republic Day parade is over.

The farmers would be allowed to enter up to 100 kilometers within Delhi with their tractors in a circular path on the routes discussed with them.

The route specified is from Singhu Border to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Kanjhawala, Bawana to Auchadi. From Tikri border, it will be to Nangloi, Najafgarh, Jharoda, Dhansa, Badli and the KMP and from Gazipur border to Apsara border to Hapur Road.

"We have told the farmers that the rally would start once the Republic Day parade is over. We expect, with the cooperation of the farmers the rally would be peaceful," Special Commissioner of Police, Intelligence, Deependra Pathak, said.

However, the police said that they are on alert after intelligence inputs that various Twitter handles operating from across the border are active to disrupt the rally on January 26.

"According to our intelligence input, 308 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to disrupt the rally to create disturbance. We are also concerned about the security of the rally given the threat perception," he added.

Meanwhile, several batches of farmers from Punjab and Haryana set out on their tractor-trolleys and other vehicles to take part in the proposed tractor rally on January 26 in the national capital.

Tractor-trolleys have now become a common sight at the Singhu border as the farmers have started bringing in the tractors to the protest site from villages in Punjab for the proposed rally.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states have been protesting at multiple border points of Delhi at Singhu, Tikri and Gazipur borders since November-end. They are demanding a repeal of the three central farm laws passed by Parliament in September last year.


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