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Damaged cameras, ransacked offices: Red Fort a day after mob vandalism

Visuals from Tuesday's violence showed police personnel, who were outnumbered, scrambling for cover as the protesters had a free run of the monument.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 27, 2021 7:55:49 pm
How Red Fort was vandalised on Republic DayTicket counters, security posts, baggage area, toilets, cabins for the officials, railings, audio-visual equipment, CCTV cameras were vandalised by protesters at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express photo by Ananya Tiwari)

Shards of glass, broken turnstiles, smashed security cameras, and ransacked administrative offices. The scale of the damage caused in Tuesday’s mob violence and vandalism after hundreds of protesters stormed the Red Fort is yet to be fully assessed. But most of the damage was seen, as of yet, outside the Red Fort at ticket counters, security posts and baggage scanners. The protesters also vandalised a CISF gypsy.

Visuals from Tuesday’s violence showed police personnel, who were outnumbered, scrambling for cover as the protesters had a free run of the monument. There was vandalism near the ticket counters as protesters ran amok, smashing the panes. Two policemen were rushed out, bleeding from the head.

Most damage has been seen, as of yet, outside the Red Fort at ticket counters, walls, security counters, etc. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna) The protesters also vandalised a CISF gypsy. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna) Damaged area of Red Fort. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna) High security at Red Fort in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna) Damaged cameras, ransacked offices: Red Fort a day after mob vandalism Most of the damage was seen, as of yet, outside the Red Fort at ticket counters, security posts and baggage scanners. (Express Photo by Ananya Tiwari)

It wasn’t until night fall that the Red Fort was secured, religious flags removed and protesters made to vacate the premises. A small crowd, however, remained outside the fort chanting slogans before dispersing.

Damaged cameras, ransacked offices: Red Fort a day after mob vandalism There was vandalism near the ticket counters as protesters ran amok, smashing the panes (Express photo by Ananya Tiwari)

The two-month-old protest by farmer unions, camping at the borders of Delhi to seek the repeal of the Centre’s new farm ordinances, descended into chaos on Republic Day when hundreds of protesters, breaking away from a planned tractor rally on the city’s outskirts, felled barricades at the borders, clashed with police to enter the Capital.

One protester died when his tractor overturned while ramming a road barrier at ITO, and scores were injured, among them at least 150 police personnel, as mobs resorted to violence and vandalism while forcing their way in, around the time the Republic Day parade was underway on Rajpath.

Damaged cameras, ransacked offices: Red Fort a day after mob vandalism The protesters also ransacked administrative offices, damaged CCTVs and vandalised a CISF gypsy. (Express photo by Ananya Tiwari)

Until Monday night, police and farm leaders had agreed to march from Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur along three designated routes before returning to the protest sites. The agreement, though, was breached by 8 am Tuesday as farmers at the three sites used tractors to knock down police barricades and began moving towards central Delhi.

Damaged cameras, ransacked offices: Red Fort a day after mob vandalism Visuals from outside Red Fort, New Delhi (Express photo by Ananya Tiwari)

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police Wednesday detained around 200 protesters on charges of rioting, damaging public property and attacking police personnel during the Republic Day violence. The police said they are making arrests after conducting proper verification and that 22 FIRs have been registered so far.

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