Farmers siege Delhi, Government remains silent

police lathicharge farmers who entered Central Delhi on Republic day. Photo: Meer Faisal

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4:20pm IST: “No program to protest at Red Fort. Come back from Red Fort. All protesters should move on Ring road route to end march at Kundali border, from where protest had started,”said Sarwan Singh Pandher, General Secretary Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee.

4:00pm IST: Internet services temporarily suspended in the areas of Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk, Nangloi and their adjoining areas till 23:59 hrs on January 26: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

Thousands of farmers have entered Delhi besieging the national capital on Republic day defying police blockades. Protesting farmers camping at different borders of Delhi rallied on tractors through many borders breaching police plans. Farmers reached Delhi Red fort on Tuesday morning, creating history and unrest.

One protestor is shot dead near ITO after police clashed with farmers entering from Singhu border. Visuals from Maktoob reporter display police using brute force to clamp down farmers near Red fort.

Tractor rally has approval from Delhi police after altering the route map. “They betrayed,” angry farmers told Maktoob.

Thousands of famers have entered Delhi since morning. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob

Farmers have been protesting at interstate borders of Delhi for two months demanding repeal of three farm laws introduced by Modi’s Hindu Nationalist government. The agitation is arguably the largest protest in human history.

Farmer leaders are yet to respond to the escalating tensions. The initial route and schedule has been overlooked after the clash between police and farmers.

Across India, opposition parties and farmers are staging protest supporting Delhi tractor rally. The escalating events are widely perceived as a blow to Modi’s policies.