DELHI: Clashes were reported in different parts of Delhi as the Farm Laws protesters were teargassed and baton-charged by the police during a tractor rally organised by the farmer community on Indian Republic Day. One farmer has been reportedly killed.
According to Indian media reports, the farmers, now angered by the police action, have deviated from the original route of their march, and reached the Red Fort.
The city’s Metro Rail Corporation has closed the entry and exit gates of several key metro stations due to security concerns. (Scroll.in reported)
Earlier the Delhi police had given permission for the tractor rally on the condition that the farmers could start only after the traditional parade by the armed forces ahead of the Republic Day.
The farmers have been protesting since last year against the new laws introduced by the BJP-led government. Farmers have claimed that the new agriculture reforms will affect their livelihoods and help big companies therefore they have demanded that New Delhi must repeal such laws.