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Farmers’ tractor rally: Delhi Police maps route for Republic Day march

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Farmers’ tractor rally for on Republic Day gets a nod from the Delhi Police on Sunday for four proposed routes; Ghazipur, Singhu, Chilla, and Tikri borders.

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On Saturday, the Delhi Police had reportedly granted the agitating farmers permission to carry out a tractor march on January 26 inside the National Capital, provided that they will start only after the completion of the official parade on Rajpath.

As per the agreement, farmers will enter Delhi from the borders and will stay in the adjoining areas, but not venture towards Central Delhi.

Thousands of tractors have left from Punjab and Haryana to take part in Delhi’s tractor parade scheduled for Republic Day. Kulwant Singh Sandhu, general secretary of the Punjab Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, said. “Around 2.5-3 lakh tractors will take to the roads near the protest sites. The parade will be absolutely peaceful from our end,” he said.

Meanwhile, several talks had been held between Delhi Police and farmers, where the Cops tried to convince them first to cancel their parade, but later permit them to keep it outside the Capital. In view of the Republic Day celebrations, the Delhi Police has deployed a five-layer security in and around the national capital. Whereas, over 40,000 police, ITBP and CRPF personnel will be deployed at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders, police said.

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“The farmers have been asked to send a written application, specifying their proposed routes, the number of tractors and farmers participating in the parade, and the timings. We will discuss the route tomorrow with them. But they have said the tractor parade will only be in the areas around the borders where they are protesting. They have been assured medical assistance and security during the parade,” police said.

For the uninitiated, tens of thousands farmers, majorly from Haryana and Punjab have been protesting against the three contentious farm laws at several Delhi borders since November 28 last year, demanding the complete repeal of the ‘anti-farm’ laws.

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