Connaught Place to stay shut as farmers’ tractor parade turns violent

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New Delhi: Police fires teargas shells as farmers try and march in the direction of Delhi through the ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’, amid the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, at Akshardham in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.

The Connaught Place within the coronary heart of the nationwide capital will stay closed Tuesday in view of the continued tractor parade by farmers which turned violent at some locations within the metropolis, the New Delhi Merchants Affiliation mentioned. Atul Bhargava, the President of the Affiliation, mentioned the Delhi Police has suggested the industrial hub to stay closed in view of the agitation.

“The tractor parade has gone haywire. The farmers have already reached ITO. I spoke to Police Commissioner and it was suggested the markets stay closed. We have now requested the retailers, which might have opened by now, to shut down,” he informed PTI.

On Republic Day yearly, Connaught Place opens round 1 PM.

“It’s a day of peak gross sales for merchants however the security of everyone seems to be vital so it’s higher to stay closed at this time,” he mentioned.

Protesting farmers clashed with police at a number of locations within the nationwide capital and entered the enduring Purple Fort and ITO within the coronary heart of the nationwide capital, with tons of of them deviating from pre-decided routes, prompting safety personnel to resort to lathicharge and tear gasoline.

Chaotic scenes have been witnessed at ITO, the place tons of of protesters could possibly be seen chasing police personnel with sticks and ramming their tractors into the buses parked by police. 

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