A total of 22 FIRs have been filed by the Delhi Police so far in connection with the violence witnessed during a farmers’ tractor rally on the Republic Day, officials said on Wednesday.
The FIRs were registered under Sections dealing with riots, damage to public property and assault on public servants with deadly weapons. The police have begun analysing video footage available to identify the violent protesters, who damaged public property and attacked Delhi Police personnel.
In all, 86 policemen were injured in the violence as farmers marched inside Delhi with their tractors ahead of the scheduled time agreed upon with police authorities of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
Farmers had rallied with about 6,000-7,000 tractors at Singhu border around 8.30 am on January 26. As per the earlier-decided plan, they were supposed to reach Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar and then take a right turn.
However, the protesters led by ‘Nihangs’ riding horses and armed with swords and other sharp-edged weapons charged at the police and broke through several layers of barricades set up between Mukarba Chowk and Transport Nagar, the Delhi Police said