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R-Day parade and tractor rally have cops on fire | India News


NEW DELHI: Delhi Police have not found anything like this before. The end of this year’s truncated Republic Day parade around noon will not result in any lowering of the vigil. Long after the VIPs have gone home and Rajpath has retired, the force will remain in the streets, monitoring and guarding the ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’ or what is known as the tractor rally circling the capital. It will start around noon and can continue until late at night until the tractors return to their starting points at the city borders.
The event, organized by defiant farmers who have rejected all attempts by the Center to negotiate a solution to farm laws, is being viewed by Delhi Police as a major security and public order challenge. The police leave nothing to chance and have imposed a series of conditions and restrictions on the organizers.
Reports of tractors arriving at the borders from neighboring states have been pouring in and no one can risk guessing the final figure. The police have tried to keep it below 20,000 and at each border 5,000 tractors and the same number of people are allowed in between 12 and 5 in the afternoon. Intelligence reports say that containers carrying between three and four tractors each have moved on national roads bound for Delhi.
The portion of the rally originating from the Singhu border will pass through the Kanjhawala, Bawana, Auchandi Border and KMP Expressway, while the Tikri portion will pass through the Nangloi, Najafgarh and Western Peripheral Expressway. Another stream from Ghazipur will pass through the border of Apsara and Hapur. All three will return to their points of origin.
Delhi police have banned any tractor with modifications or armor-like structures from joining the rally. “The organizers must ensure that no carts, bullock carts, rickshaws, hand-driven carts and animals such as horses, elephants or camels are brought to the rally. Any other vehicle, including two-wheelers, JCB, hydra, trolley or modified tractors with other accessories are not allowed “, reads a letter to the organizers.
The organizers will have to deploy 2,500 volunteers on the approved routes. They must be easily identifiable with a distinctive outfit or identification mark and their contact details must be passed on to the police.
They have also been asked to ensure that the entire carriageway of a road is not blocked and that two-thirds of the space is kept free for the movement of traffic. This may not necessarily prevent the traffic disruption on Tuesday. Tractors must keep moving and no dharna or demonstration will be allowed on the way to the rally.
Certificates of no objection from land owning agencies, apart from BSES, NDPL, Delhi Fire Service and other agencies, have been made mandatory and must be submitted in original if any police officer requests the documents. The names and phone numbers of the peasant leaders have been distributed and will be available during the rally for coordination.
Participants must not consume intoxicating substances or drugs and engage in disorderly conduct and the organizers have taken responsibility for ensuring this. Legal action and withdrawal of permission will follow any violation. Acrobatics, martial arts display and acrobatic driving are also prohibited. The use of firecrackers or any type of combustible material is also prohibited.
“The above permit would be considered invalid during any VIP movement or any other emergency. No weapons, such as firearms, swords, spears, mashaals and lathis, including religious symbols other than those allowed, will be carried, ”the letter says.
Organizers, police said, will need to make arrangements for clean water, medical aid and firefighting equipment in consultation with civic agencies and other locals on the proposed routes of the rally.

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