Farm laws: Police use baton-charge to remove protestors at Red Fort; internet cut in parts of Delhi

A massive rally of farmers to the Capital turned violent on Tuesday, with police using tear gas and baton-charging the protestors as they broke barricades and entered the city to hold a tractor parade on Republic Day. One protestor reportedly died after he was allegedly shot at while he was driving his tractor.

Angry by the police action, thousands of farmers deviated from the original route of their march, stormed the Red Fort, and hoisted bright yellow flags inside its complex. This led to another round of clashes, and the police resorted to baton-charge to remove protestors from the Red Fort.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation closed the entry and exit gates of several key metro stations due to security concerns.

This is the first time that farmers, who have been protesting at the borders for two months against the Centre’s farm laws, have entered Delhi.

Farmers are demanding that the government repeal the new laws which they say will hurt their livelihoods and help big companies. The government, which says the agriculture reforms will boost farmer incomes, has agreed to suspend the laws, but the farmers have said New Delhi must repeal them.

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