The internet services have been snapped in some parts of Delhi-NCR in view of the prevailing law and order situation, an order from the MHA said. Police lathi-charged farmers at Chintamani Chowk in Shahdara when they broke barricades and smashed windowpanes of cars. Several people in the National Capital Region formed human chains and distributed food and water to the protesters.
The scaled-down parade, which celebrates the adoption of the Indian constitution in 1950, was overshadowed by the vast tractor rally. Few groups were seen walking to Delhi while others had to return. The cops resorted to lathicharge and fired teargas shells to disperse the crowd.
In the western state of Maharashtra, thousands of farmers were also on the move, flocking to a flag-hoisting ceremony today in Mumbai, India's financial capital.
Johnson was due to be in New Delhi as the chief guest at the annual parade to mark India's 71st Republic Day but had to call off the visit to focus on the domestic crisis unleashed by the emergence of a new, deadlier variant of coronavirus in the United Kingdom at the end of past year. (Express photo by Sofi Ahsan) Earlier on Sunday, the Delhi Police had granted permission to carry out a tractor parade today in Delhi on the condition that the farmers will start only after the completion of the official parade on Rajpath.
Farmers protesting against three farms laws introduced by the central government held a mega tractor rally in the national capital on Tuesday. Local residents stood on both sides of the roads at various locations showering flower petals on them.
Farmers also marched on foot in large numbers holding flags of different farmer unions and raising slogans. Some protesters near Akshardham were also seen carrying swords and chasing policemen.
The farmers draped the body in the tricolour and kept it at the ITO crossing, not allowing the police to send it for post-mortem. As per the agreement, the farmers will enter Delhi from the borders, but stay in the adjoining areas and not venture towards Central Delhi.
Tens of thousands of angry farmers rode tractors and horses towards New Delhi during the Republic Day parade to protest a contentious agricultural law which they say threatens their livelihood. Delhi Police appealed to protesting farmers to not take the law into their hands and maintain peace as the violence broke out. No commercial vehicles or buses will be allowed on NH-24 and DND Flyway from Ring Road, the police said.
But farmers have demanded the government repeal the laws that would leave them at the mercy of big corporates. - AP Security personnel stand guard along a blocked highway at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border in Ghazipur on Jan 26.
Patrolling has been intensified at power substations in Delhi following a threat from the banned Sikhs for Justice outfit to disrupt the city's supply during the Republic Day celebrations. Farmers, wearing distinctive colorful turbans, shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and what they call his "black laws".
Tens of thousands of bearded and turbanned farmers, many bundled against the winter cold, began the day in a convoy of tractors festooned with Indian and union flags along the city's fringes.