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Delhi police agrees on farmers’ tractor rally to hold on R-Day

Delhi police agree on farmers' tractor rally but only to take place after the traditional Republic Day parade.

Based on the farmers ongoing agitation the Delhi police on Sunday gave permission to the protesting farmers on the new agriculture laws, to proceed ahead with their demands for a tractor rally on January 26th with a condition that they can begin only after the Republic Day Parade celebrations end, quoting Deependra Pathak the Special Commissioner of Police Intelligence, reported PTI.

It resulted to this day when a section of farmers appealed that they have reached an agreement with the Delhi police, on the route planning for their rally with some final details to be worked out. According to the ANI, Deependra Pathak stated that “We have finally decided, we have agreed that we will have tractor rally also on that day [Republic Day] maintaining the sanctity and security arrangements of the Republic Day celebrations.”

As the Delhi police agree on farmers tractor rally, speaking about the security measures and safety, Deependra Pathak further stated: “For the security arrangements of the tractor rally, we will be providing required police deployment realizing that there are elements of threat to create disturbance in the rally.”

The PTI reported that Deependra Pathak claimed to have identified over 300 Twitter handles being generated from Pakistan to interrupt the rally. “There are inputs about the same from different agencies too,” Pathak did not elaborate further on this, but he proceeded to say: “It will be a challenging task for us but the rally will be conducted amid tight security after the Republic Day parade is over.”

Tens and thousands of farmers have decided on intensifying their protest against the farm bills on Republic Day, as they are unhappy with how the talks haven’t brought much progress. To ban the event, the supreme court on Wednesday had declined a government petition, after which the farmers approached Delhi Police to work out an agreeable solution on mutual understanding.

According to NDTV, President of Swaraj India, Yogendra Yadav stated that there was a short meeting with the Delhi police officers and the final decision came out after two rounds of meeting that was held yesterday. He further pointed out that “We have got formal permission from Police for the tractor rally. As I told you earlier, the ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’ will be held on January 26 in a peaceful manner.”

The farmers will enter the city accessing the Ring Road that passes through several other areas in Delhi like Vikaspuri, Janakpuri, Uttam Nagar, Burari, Peeragarhi, and Pitampura. Given this farmers protest, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma stated that all police personnel on duty at the Republic Day parade, have to be ready in taking up extra responsibility under short notice.

Looking into the protests

Its been almost 60 days now that the farmers have been camping on the outskirts of Delhi, demanding to take back the three newly proposed agriculture laws. The farmer’s view on these farm bills is that it undermines their livelihood and gives direct access to the corporate sectors to take control of the agricultural sector. Yet, the government on the other hand states that these new laws will open many options for the farmers in selling their produce, with better pricing and protect them from biased corners.

The government’s offer to suspend these argumentative laws for 18 months and setting up committees that will look into their concerns about these legislations were rejected by the farmer leaders on 21st January. The farmer will settle for nothing less than complete removal of these laws, stated an alliance of farmers’ unions known as the Samyukta Kisan Morcha.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar stated that these discussions could proceed ahead only if the farmers accept the proposal from the Centre, as it told farmers that this is the best, they were willing to offer.


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