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R-Day protest: Delhi Police detains 200 rioters, files 22 FIRs

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: A day after Republic day tractor protest witnessed clashes between farmers and Police, violent and chaos, Delhi Cops on Wednesday detained around 200 protestors and registered as many as 22 FIRs on the charges of rioting, damaging public property and attacking police personnel.

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Delhi Police claimed that more than 300 policemen were injured, mostly 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 was quoted saying. Police further said that CRPF personnel also sustained injuries amid the ongoing clashes and their vehicles too were damaged.

In the view of anarchy prevailing on the streets of the national capital, the security was beefed up in several parts of the city, n Wednesday, with paramilitary forces stationed in several places like Red Fort, central Delhi and the farmers’ protest sites.

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

The chaos at ITO also killed a 27-year-old farmer, Navreet Singh, after his truck rammed barricades and overturned.

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Initially promised to be a “peaceful” protest, the R-Day tractor parade was organised to make farmers’ voice heard on national platform urging repeal of Centre’s contentious farm laws. After Supreme Court order, Delhi Police keeping “law and order” in place had permitted farmers’ to take out rally on agreed upon routes and time. However, on Tuesday, thousands of protesters from the Singhu border and Ghazipur borders changed their route and moved towards Akshardham.

The agitated farmers’ then started to march towards Central Delhi’s ITO and Red Fort, where police resorted to lathicharge and teargas shelling, while farmers vandalised public property and attacked police. Furthermore, in a dramatic turn of events, a section of protesters climbed on ramparts of Red Fort and hoisted their religious ‘Nishan Sahib’ flag.

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