Mumbai: Legal action will “definitely” be taken against those who assaulted police personnel during the protesting farmers’ Republic Day tractor rally in Delhi, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police Alok Kumar said.
Delhi Police said the protesting farmers violated the pre-conditions for their tractor parade. He said he resorted to violence and vandalism, injuring several policemen.
Legal action will definitely be taken against those who assaulted the police personnel during the farmers' tractor rally today: Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi pic.twitter.com/vxJTjSltBa
— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
Meanwhile, it has been reported that more than 18 police personnel have been injured at LNJP Hospital in Delhi, while one is in critical condition. According to reports, the police sustained serious injuries during the violence during the farmers’ tractor rally.
After the violence erupted, the Union Home Ministry deployed additional security forces to bring the situation under control. The decision was taken during a meeting of senior officials chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday evening.
“Additional companies of paramilitary forces are likely to be deployed in Delhi. These would be over and above 15 companies that were sent yesterday. Five companies were on standby today,” news agency ANI reported quoting government sources.
Meanwhile, the police said that they had removed the protesters who strayed into the Red Fort after straying from their planned route on which the tractor parade was to be taken out.
The tractor rally on the streets of the national capital turned into chaos to highlight the demands of the farmers, as crowds of fierce protesters broke through the barriers, fought the police, overturned vehicles and delivered a national insult — hoisting a religious flag from the rampart of Red Fort, a privilege reserved for India’s tricolour.
Tens of thousands of protesters clashed with police in multiple places, leading to chaos in well-known landmarks of Delhi and suburbs, amid waves of violence that ebbed and flowed through the day, leaving the farmers’ two-month peaceful movement in tatters.