Protesting farmers clashed with police at several places in the national capital after tractor rally turned violent, on 26 January 2021
Protesting farmers clashed with police at several places in the national capital after the tractor rally turned violent, on 26 January 2021 | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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New Delhi: There are six senior citizens in the list of 120 arrested people whose names the Delhi Police have released in connection with the violence that broke out in the capital during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day.

The police Monday warned people about “rumours” being spread about “illegal detentions” and missing farmers, stating on Twitter: “No one has been illegally detained by the police”.

The list includes 80-year-old Gurmukh Singh from Fatehgarh, Punjab, and 70-year-old Jeet Singh from Sangrur.

Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal said 44 FIRs have been lodged and 122 people have been arrested. Two of the arrested persons’ names have not been released, as they are under the age of 18.

The FIRs have been registered under the IPC sections for rioting, unlawful assembly, assaulting and obstructing public servant, attempt to murder, dacoity and robbery.


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What has happened since Republic Day?

A total of 394 police personnel were injured and about 30 police vehicles were damaged in the clashes that broke out on 26 January. The commissioner of Delhi Police has approved financial assistance for the injured personnel — Rs 25,000 for those grievously injured, and Rs 10,000 for those with other serious injuries.

In a statement released two days after the clashes, the police had said a “conspiracy” was hatched that culminated in the violence on Republic Day.

The police have also issued over 50 notices to people in connection with the violence, including farmer union leaders. Their passports will be seized in the days to come.

Last Friday, clashes also took place between members of the farmer bodies involved in the protests and a group of men, including members of the Hindu Sena. For this incident, there have been 43 arrests, including 22-year-old Ranjit Singh, who allegedly attacked Alipur SHO Pardeep Dhaliwal.

A team of forensic experts reached the Red Fort Saturday to collect evidence related to the violence. “We are conducting the investigation based on CCTV footage. Further, we are trying to get details through the registration numbers of those tractors that have been identified,” a senior Delhi Police officer told ThePrint on the condition of anonymity.

Security has now been beefed up at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border protest sites on the outskirts of Delhi, with increased deployment of security forces, multi-layered barricades and barbed wire.


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  1. See the headline. The only agenda is to spark violence somehow. Exactly what Rajdeep did. If a 70 yr old indulges in violence & illegal activities, should the law not apply to him? Is that correct?

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