Curfew-like situation in New Delhi after farmers’ tractor rally violence

Police officers walk towards farmers during a protest against farm laws introduced by the government, in New Delhi, India, January 26, 2021. -REUTERS
  • One farmer was killed after his tractor overturned while 86 others injured during Tuesday’s clashes.
  • Ten rounds of talks between farm unions and ministers have failed to break the deadlock.
  • Amit Shah has ordered 15 companies of paramilitaries to boost security forces in the capital.

NEW DELHI: The Indian capital turned into a militarized zone on Wednesday with a heavy presence of police and other law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order a day after violent clashes with protesting farmers who stormed New Delhi’s Red Fort and hoisted Khalistan flag.

The violence marked a dramatic escalation in a standoff between the government and thousands of farmers camped out on the outskirts of the city since late November.

The farmers, mostly from northern Indian states including Punjab, want new agricultural reforms scrapped that they fear will leave them at the mercy of big corporations.

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