The tamasha at Delhi’s borders just got serious. The much-touted tractor rally today in Delhi was supposed to proceed on 3 routes after the Republic Day parade ends by noon. However, visuals are streaming in of farmers breaking police barricades at many border crossings around 9.15 AM itself. And to make matters worse, many can be seen carrying lathis, another clear violation of the terms they had committed to in week-long negotiations with Delhi Police before the rally was approved.
Farmers break police barricades at Tikri, Singhu borders ahead of tractor rally https://t.co/30z0Q1sjrz pic.twitter.com/NSttCxlAQg
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) January 26, 2021
As per reports, the terms of the rally were to be as under –
“Each border allowed to let in 5000 tractors and as many people between 12 pm and 5pm.
Three routes: the part of the rally which originates at Singhu border will pass through Kanjhawala, Bawana, Auchandi border and KMP Expressway while the one at Tikri will pass through Nangloi, Najafgarh and Western Peripheral Expressway. Another stream from Ghazipur will pass through Apsara border and Hapur. All three will return to their originating points.
The organizers will need to ensure that no trolleys, bullock carts, rickshaws, hand-driven carts and animals like horses, elephants or camels are brought to the rally. Any other vehicles, including two-wheelers, JCBs, hydra, trolley or modified tractors with other attachments, are not permitted.
The organizers will need to deploy 2,500 volunteers on the approved routes. They should be easily identifiable and their contact details conveyed to the police. The tractors need to keep moving and any dharna or demonstration en route to the rally will not be allowed.
Participants should not consume any intoxicating substance or drugs and indulge in disorderly conduct and the organizers have been made responsible for ensuring this. Also banned are acrobatics, display of martial arts and stunt driving. Use of firecrackers or any kind of combustible material has been prohibited as well.
No weapons, such as firearms, swords, spear, mashaals and lathis, including religious symbols other than the permitted ones, shall be carried.”
#WATCH Protesting farmers break police barricading at Delhi-Haryana Tikri border
Farmers are holding tractor rally today in protest against Centre's three Farm Laws#RepublicDay pic.twitter.com/3tI7uKSSRM
— ANI (@ANI) January 26, 2021
Clearly, the intent of this tractor rally is to provoke some kind of conflict with the centre in order to play the victim card in the narrative war over the farm laws. The laws have been welcomed by ordinary farmers in most parts of the country and arrived at after deliberation by several expert committees over the years , but the Opposition, left-liberal mainstream media & intelligentsia and usual suspects of #BreakingIndia forces have decided to oppose everything that is for the greater good.
But it is the ordinary citizens of Delhi who end up suffering. A city which is yet to recover from the violence that wracked it just last year, could end up witnessing yet more violence. Meanwhile, our secular state is unable to protect the rights of ordinary citizens and keeps bowing down to the extra-constitutional demands of a vocal minority cabal.
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