The national Capital descended into chaos as thousands of farmers protesting against the three laws passed in September to reform the agriculture sector on Tuesday stormed into Delhi’s Red Fort complex after breaking barricades and driving tractors through roadblocks.
Here is a recap of what happened:
• The protesting farmers were to take a tractor rally through three designated routes in Delhi on Day 62 of their protest against the laws.
• The rally was allowed after farm unions promised a display of pageantry that would rival the morning’s Republic Day parade.
• One of the farmer groups from Ghazipur protest site deviated from the agreed-upon route and reached ITO, where they ran riot.
• Another group from Singhu border stormed the Red Fort, where one of the protesters climbed the first available flag post and hoisted the Khalistan Flag, Nishan Sahib (flag of the Sikhs) and Farmer flag.
• A violent clash with policemen trying to disperse them followed.
• The protesters on tractors rammed through buses and barricades.
• Men with swords on horses tried to run down policemen as police rushed containers, buses, and barriers to block key roads in central Delhi.
• A protesting farmer died after his tractor overturned at ITO. A video showed the tractor ramming into a police barricade.
• The police fired tear gas shells and resorted to baton charges at several points where clashes broke out.
• Delhi Police said 83 personnel were injured after being attacked by agitating farmers.
• Some groups of farmers began returning to their respective sit-in sites in the evening.
• But thousands could still be seen in several areas including ITO, Nangloi, and Mukarba Chowk.
• Visuals also showed people gathered at the Red Fort.
• Mobile internet services were suspended in three Haryana districts of Sonipat, Jhajjar, and Palwal for 24 hours ending 5pm Wednesday.
• Mobile internet was restricted in some parts of the national capital and several Metro stations were also shut down temporarily throughout the day.
• Delhi Police said that legal action will be taken against those who assaulted police personnel.
• Union home minister Amit Shah held a review meeting with senior officials, including home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Delhi Police commissioner SN Shrivastava and Intelligence Bureau director Arvind Kumar, to assess the law-and-order situation.
• Twitter has also suspended several Khalistani Accounts post the attack, although there are other social media that are yet to take any action.