Farmers protesting against the three agricultural laws have been given permission to carry out a rally with tractors on Republic Day in Delhi, police said on Sunday. The farmers’ rally will be held after the timing of the Republic Day Parade.
As of now, there are approximately 12,000 to 13,000 tractors at various Delhi border points – nearly 7,000 to 8,000 at Tikri, around 5,000 at Singhu and around 1,000 at Ghazipur border — police said, adding that their number is expected to go further up.
Farmers on the other hand said they had made their own preparations for the day. “We are bringing along 50 private ambulances, a host of vehicle mechanics and carrying extra diesel to ensure the vehicles do not stop. We’ll be moving at no more than 20km/hour,” said Kulwant Singh Sandhu, general secretary of Jamhuri Kisan Sabha.
The procession will enter the national capital from Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur borders and the tractors will return to their originating points. They will return to their destinations after covering a “respectable” distance of over 170 kilometres in Delhi, police said.
The rally will start from Singhu border and pass through Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Kanjhawala, Bawana, Auchandi Borer, Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway and will return to Singhu border. It will cover a stretch of around 62 kilometres.
The farmers with their tractors will start from Tikri border and pass via Nangloi, Najafgarh, Jharoda, Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway and will head back to Tikri border.
The rally from Ghazipur border will pass through Apsara Border, Hapur Road, Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway and concluded at Ghazipur.
The Delhi Police said that the rally will be held under strict vigilance because of intelligence inputs stating there may be a “disturbance of peaceful protest.”
The rally will be conducted after the timing of the Republic Day Celebration ends.
Barricades and other security arrangements will be removed and the farmers will enter the national capital.
Tractors and other vehicles will feature in the parade, but trolleys, other than those showcasing special tableaux will not be allowed.