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Security tightened at Red Fort, Delhi borders after farmers’ tractor rally violence

Traffic restrictions have been imposed in Delhi and security beefed up, day after farmers' tractor march took a violent turn as some of them broke through police barricades and entered the national capital, resulting in violent clashes.

UPDATED: January 27, 2021 09:22 IST

Day after farmers’ tractor parade on Republic Day took a violent turn as a section of protesters broke through police barricades and entered parts of New Delhi not permitted for the protest, security has been tightened at Delhi borders and the iconic Red Fort.

While additional security has been deployed at Delhi border points where protesting farmers have been camping for over two months, the entry and exit gates of Lal Quila metro station have been closed.

All other stations are open, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said on Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of farmers atop tractors broke barriers on Tuesday, clashed with police and entered the city from various points to storm into the Red Fort. The protesters climbed on to the ramparts of the Red Fort and waved their flags.

One of them climbed the flagpost where the Tricolour is hoisted by the Prime Minister of India on Independence Day and hoisted a religious flag there. Later, the police resorted to lathicharge. Police managed to remove the crowd from the rampart.

As tension spiralled, a home ministry official said additional paramilitary troops will be deployed. The exact number of additional troops was not known immediately but officials suggested it could be around 1,500 to 2,000 personnel (about 15 to 20 companies).

 

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