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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh urges farmers to vacate Delhi, says violence ‘unacceptable’

The Punjab CM said the violence during the protest rally will 'negate goodwill' generated by peacefully protesting farmers and asked them to return to the borders.
Farmers hoisting flags from the Red Fort rampart | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Breaking barriers to Red Fort march — timeline of how farmer protest turned ugly within hours

Tractor rally breaks through police barricades on its way to Red Fort, with farmers vandalising vehicles. Delhi Police lobs tear gas shells and resorts to lathi-charge to control the crowd.
Delhi Police barricading border areas during farmers tractor rally on 26 January 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Protesting farmers violated pre-agreed conditions for tractor parade — Delhi Police

The police also claimed the force did all due diligence in following the conditions, but protesters began their march ahead of the scheduled time and caused damage to public property.
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File photo Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

One has freedom to agitate, but not to spread anarchy — Haryana CM Khattar

Without directly mentioning the farmers' protest, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said the Constitution talks about rights, but these rights don't give the freedom to do everything. ​
File image of Union Home Minister Amit Shah | PTI

Amit Shah holds review meeting following violence between protesting farmers & Delhi Police

This comes after the Ministry ordered the suspension of internet services at Delhi's border points due to the tense security situation in the national capital.
Protesting farmers clashed with police at several places in the national capital after tractor rally turned violent, on 26 January 2021

Farmer dies after tractor overturns at ITO during rally, says Delhi Police

Chaotic scenes were witnessed at ITO, where hundreds of protesters could be seen chasing police personnel with sticks and ramming their tractors into the buses parked by police.
Farmers during tractor rally in New Delhi on 26 January 2021 | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

AAP condemns violence at farmers’ rally, blames Centre for deterioration of situation

Farmer leaders have said that those who indulged in violence today were not part of the movement and were external elements, said AAP in a statement.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha disassociates from violent protesters, blames ‘anti-social elements’

The union thanked farmers for their unprecedented participation, but said it regretted the 'undesirable and unacceptable' events that turned the tractor rally violent.
Famers during a tractor rally at Singhu border in New Delhi, on 26 January 2021

Govt orders internet shutdown till midnight in parts of Delhi-NCR amid protests by farmers

Temporary suspension of internet services was ordered in Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk and Nangloi and their adjoining areas, according to the telecom department.

On Camera

Excise duties & Robin Hood politics — why fuel prices are rising despite low global rates

In episode 668 of Cut The Clutter, ThePrint’s Shekhar Gupta narrates the story of fuel pricing in the country to unpack why prices have risen drastically.
File image of a woman walking past buildings under construction in Noida, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

India considers easing rules to attract FDI in construction sector

Plan to allow 100% foreign direct investment in animation, visual effects, gaming & comics sector could also find mention in Modi govt's budget to be presented on 1 Feb.

Defence

Colonel Mohammad Mohtashim Hyder Chowdhury, leader of the Bangladesh contingent that participated in the Republic Day parade | PTI

Defence ties with India to get ‘new dimension’ — Bangladesh contingent leader after R-Day march

Colonel Mohammad Mohtashim Hyder Chowdhury tells ThePrint participating in India's Republic Day parade will have 'positive impact for the future'.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

7 reasons why Modi govt is in retreat on farm reform laws

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