Farmers Protest HIGHLIGHTS: In his first remarks on the violence and vandalism at Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the nation was “saddened by insult to the tricolour.” Speaking during his monthly broadcast of Mann Ki Baat, he said, “In Delhi, on January 26, the country was very pained seeing the dishonour to the Tricolour.” Modi also highlighted that the government is committed to modernising agriculture and is taking many steps in this regard.
As more people head towards Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri borders to join the protesting farmers, the Union Home Ministry has temporarily suspended internet services at the three borders and their adjoining areas from 11 pm of January 29 to 11 pm of January 31 to ‘maintain public safety and averting public emergency’. Haryana government has also extended the suspension of internet services in 17 districts till 5 pm on January 31. The Delhi Police has also closed the NH-24 route to stop more people from joining the protest.
Hundreds of farmers from villages in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana showed up at the Ghazipur protest site on Saturday, on tractors and trucks loaded with rations and water bottles.
Following the footsteps of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh Police, the Delhi Police Saturday filed FIR against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Mrinal Pande, Paresh Nath, Anant Nath, and Vinod K Jose for reporting and tweets on the farmers’ protests and violence across Delhi on January 26. While Paresh Nath and Anant Nath are the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of The Caravan, Jose is the Executive Editor.
Meanwhile, a team of forensic experts visited the Red Fort to collect evidence in connection with the violence that broke out at the iconic monument on Republic Day. At least 5 of those identified in connection to the violence have criminal records in Punjab, The Indian Express has learnt.