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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

New Delhi witnessed violent scenes on Republic Day as farmers participating in a tractor rally clashed with the police, broke barricades and stormed the Red Fort, and the police responded with tear gases and lathi charge. Even as the Delhi police said the clashes had led to "extensive damage to public property" and injuries to "many policemen", the Samyukta Kisan Morcha issued a statement distancing itself from the ‘violent elements’. The farmer body called off the tractor rally with immediate effect while maintaining that the movement will continue peacefully. Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry has ordered temporary suspension of telecom services in border areas of Delhi — Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk, Nangloi — from 12:00 pm to 11:59 pm.

Anandiben Patel

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