Don't take law in your hands: Delhi police to farmers

Delhi police asks protesting farmers not to take law in their hands, maintain peace

The police asked the farmers to head back to their pre-decided routes for the tractor rally

Farmers attempt to break a barricade near Nangloi as they participate in the 'Kisan Gantantra Parade', during their ongoing protest against Centre's farm reform laws, on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day, in New Delhi. Credit: PTI.

The Delhi Police on Tuesday appealed to the protesting farmers to not take law in their hands and maintain peace as clashes between the force and protesting farmers broke out at a number of places in the national capital.

The police also asked the farmers to head back to their pre-decided routes for the tractor rally.

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"We request to the protesting farmers to not take law in their hands and maintain peace," Additional PRO Anil Mittal said.

Police on Tuesday fired tear gas shells and lathi-charged farmers when they clashed with the force in parts of city, including the ITO, after the tractor parade deviated from the permitted route in an attempt to move towards Rajpath, the heart of the national capital.

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The Delhi Police had given permission to farmers protesting the three farm laws to hold their tractor parade on selected routes only after the official Republic Day Parade on the Rajpath concludes.

However chaos ensued as the farmers were were adamant of heading towards central Delhi.

The farmers who began their march from different border points, much before the time permitted to them for their tractor parade, reached ITO in Central Delhi and tried to move towards Lutyen's zone. The protesters, carrying sticks, clashed with police at the ITO.