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Farmers’ Protest halts Delhi metro, Internet shut off in several parts

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: As protesting farmers’ tractor march on Republic day went violent, parts of Delhi witness temporary internet shut down while, several metro stations were closed in precautionary measures.

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A state of chaos and confusion was reported from the central parts of the city, as clashes broke out between the Delhi police and thousands of agitating farmers, whose tractor rally veered off the agreed upon route of rally entering main city areas including the iconic Red Fort.

The Internet has been shut at areas near the Singhu border, the epicentre of farmers’ protest against the three farm laws, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk, Nangloi of Delhi till 23:59 hrs on January 26, Union Home Ministry reportedly said.

Internet services were suspended in some parts of Delhi as people shared screenshots of a text message they received on their mobile phones. “As per government instructions, Internet services have been stopped in your area till further notice,” the message read.

Meanwhile, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has also closed the entry and exit gates at several metro stations, mainly in north and central Delhi. Gates for several stations on Delhi Metro’s green line and gray line stations have been closed.

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The strict measures were taken to curb the protest and control the worsen situation after clashes were seen in parts of the national capital as the police used tear gas on protestors and resorted to lathi-charge as they broke past barricades with tractors at different border points. The visuals from the protesting site also showed farmers entering the Red Fort premises and hoisting their sacred flag.

The whole hullabaloo started after the protesting farmers, led by a front of 40 unions, breached the agreement with Delhi Police to hold a tractor rally on the outskirts of the city at around 11.30 AM after the conclusion of Republic day traditional parade. However, some groups of the protesting farmers, started to storm in central Delhi from the boarders at around 8 am and refused to stick to the designated route, catching the security personnel off guard.

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