A DAY after pitched clashes between farmers and police as the tractor parade drove into areas other than those permitted, Delhi Police Commissioner S.N. Shrivastava on Wednesday said that it was a breach of trust by the protesters and those involved in the violence would not be spared.
He said that the police has collected video evidence including CCTV footage and other camera and mobile recordings and the process of identification of those indulging in violence has started. More than 25 criminal cases have been registered, 19 people arrested and as many as 200 protesters detained.
The Delhi Police chief said that after five rounds of talks with the farmers, three routes were suggested to farmers for the tractor rallyfromSinghu, Tikri, and Gazipur borders. However, the farmers violated the agreement and moved on routes that were not designated.
As the R-Day parade was also being held, so for the security of the people, some terms and conditions were set such as the farmers’ leaders were to lead the rally, no weapons were allowed to be carried and not more than 5,000 protesters were to be allowed. However, some farmer’s leaders violated the agreement and went ahead with the rally before the scheduled time of 12 noon on January 26, he said. Shrivastava said that some “aggressive elements” led the protest and created ruckus and violence.
“Theviolentprotestersbrokethe barricades and reached Mukarba Chowk and their leaders, Satnam Singh Pannu and Darshan Pal Singh sat there and did not move to the designated route. Pannu also gave a provocative speech there and instigated the protesters to break barricades,” he said.
Other farmer leaders including Buta Singh also indulged in violence, police said, while at Gazipur border, Rakesh Tikait along with other protesters also indulged in violence and moved ahead. According to official figures, 394 policemen were injured in the violence. Most of them are hospitalised while some are in ICU.