Indian tractors aim to outmuscle tanks on Republic Day


Requesting commuters to avoid routes of the parade, the Delhi Police has said that metro services will remain available at all metro stations in the city on Tuesday. Several people in the National Capital Region formed human chains and distributed food and water to the protesters. While few cops are sitting on chairs, others are trying to bring down certain flags which the protestors have hoisted. The protesters had also vandalised a DTC bus earlier. The cops resorted to lathicharge and fired teargas shells to disperse the crowd.

The farmers, who have camped at various border points around the capital for two months, had permission to demonstrate after the completion of an annual military parade to mark Republic Day, a major public holiday in India.

As tens of thousands of farmers in India on Tuesday drove a convoy of tractors festooned with bright flags to protest against the government's new agricultural laws, their counterparts thousands of miles away in the United Kingdom posted images on social media to express their solidarity with them. Local residents stood on both sides of the roads at various locations showering flower petals on them.

Farmers also marched on foot in large numbers holding flags of different farmer unions and raising slogans. (Express photo by Amit Mehra) Police uses tear gas to disperse farmers attempting to break barricades at Ghazipur border during their "Kisan Gantantra Parade".

In a statement, Delhi police accused those who diverged from the agreed routes of "violence and destruction". "We even visit Red Fort to see the tableaux that participated in the parade or try and catch a glimpse of it as it crossed old Dellhi but we have been told it is different this year", said Rizwan, a resident of Old Delhi.

Indian farmers sit on their tractors after arriving for tomorrow's tractor rally in New Delhi. The protests have so far been peaceful, and farm leaders have urged participants in Tuesday's rally to refrain from violence.

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"But some groups of farmers did not relent and started moving towards the Outer Ring Road breaking police barricades", an official said.

"Barricades will be opened and farmers will be allowed to enter Delhi and hold their march", he said.

This year's Republic Day was scaled down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma also sent out wishes to fans on Instagram stories.

One Rafale jet with two Jaguar deep penetration strike aircraft and 2 MiG-29 Air Superiority Fighters in the Ekalavya formation flew past at a height of 300 metres and a speed of 780 km/h at the Republic Day 2021 event today.

The on-going protests upped the ante during the country's national Republic Day military parade in the capital.