The Delhi Police Wednesday detained around 200 protesters on charges of rioting, damaging public property and attacking police personnel during the Republic Day violence on Tuesday. The Police said they are making arrests after conducting proper verification and that 22 FIRs have been registered so far. The Delhi Police has also registered an FIR mentioning the names of nine farm leaders, including Yogendra Yadav.
As many as 300 cops have sustained injuries and an official said multiple videos and CCTV footage are being scanned to identify farmers involved and that strict action will be taken against the culprits.
A day after the national capital witnessed violent scenes as farmers participating in a tractor rally clashed with the police, broke barricades and stormed the Red Fort, and the police responded with tear gases and lathi charge, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking setting up of a commission, headed by a retired apex court judge, to inquire the violence.
The plea has also sought a direction to the concerned authority to lodge First Information Report (FIR) under relevant penal provisions against the individuals or organisations responsible for the violence and causing dishonour of the National Flag on January 26.
Security has been tightened in several places across the national capital especially at the Red Fort and farmer protest sites, with the deployment of additional paramilitary forces following the violence.
After two months of peaceful protests on Delhi’s borders and 11 rounds of negotiations with the Central government, the Republic Day tractor parade spiralled in to chaos Tuesday. One protests died when his tractor overturned while ramming a road barrier at ITO, and scores were injured, as mobs resorted to violence and vandalism while forcing their way in, around the time the Republic Day parade was underway on Rajpath. The parade remained unaffected by the turn of events elsewhere. As night fell, the Red Fort was secured, the flags removed and protesters made to vacate the premises. As authorities planned a crackdown, there was some dialling down of temperature. ( Indian Express )