Ahead of Indian Republic Day, the Farmer unions and the Delhi police have agreed upon a plan for the tractor rally that will be held on three routes. According to Special Commissioner Police Intelligence Deependra Pathak, the farmers will be entering Delhi from three entry points: Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. Pathak said that after six marathon meetings with the farm unions, the Delhi Police came up with a plan that can be a “win-win situation for all.”
The tractor rally on Republic day will enter Delhi with three entry points on routes that will be 6 km long and 100 km within NCR. Special Commissioner Pathak said that the farmers will be allowed to enter the national capital only after the Republic Day parade concludes.
The Route for Republic Day tractor rally
According to Pathak, farmers from Singhu border will be passing through the Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Kanjhawala, Bawana, Aunchadi border before they come back to the Singhu border. The distance covered on this route will be approximately 62 km. Farmers from Tikri border will pass through Nangloi, Najafgarh, Jharoda and KMP Expressway, covering 64 km. Farmers from the Ghazipur border will pass through a 46km route on they will cross the Apsara border, Hapur road to ultimately reach the KGP Expressway.
Security for the Republic day tractor rally
The farm unions spoke to the media and stressed the fact that they will need to make sure that the march remains peaceful.
An instruction issued by the group to its members said, “Through this rally, we have to tell the country and the world about our plight… Our victory lies in the rally being taken out in a very peaceful manner… Our aim is not to conquer Delhi, but to win over the hearts of the people of this county.”
According to Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the tractors participating in the march will not overtake the cars on the expressway. Additionally, there will be no music played in the tractors and the ordeal will remain peaceful. Samyukt Kisan Morcha is a group of 40 Farmer Unions that have been protesting for months on the Delhi border against the farm laws.
Bhartiya Kisan Union, which is a farmer’s representative organization, will also be taking part in the tractor rally. Harinder Singh Lakhowal, general secretary of a fraction of Bhartiya Kisan Union gave a statement about their preparation for the tractor rally. “We will ensure that the rally is carried out peacefully in cooperation with the police. No one will be allowed to bring drugs or alcohol to the rally,” said Harinder Singh.
Police Commissioner CP Pathak said how the Delhi Police is committed to aiding the farmers in their tractor rally. Speaking to the media, Pathak said, “For medical emergency contingency, main arterial roads to be assigned and proper routing was discussed. We have come to a decision on how to provide a tractor rally with full dignity and honor along with full security. We are continuously in touch with them.”
More than 14,000 Tractors to take part in the Republic Day tractor rally; Pakistan Twitter handles may cause confusion.
Delhi Police Special Commissioner Pathak said that approximately 7,000 to 8,000 tractors will be joining from the Tikri Border. From the Singhu front around 5,500 tractors will be taking part and at the Ghziapur around 1,000 tractors are predicted to take part at the tractor rally.
Pathak also mentioned while speaking to the media that his department has information of 308 Twitter handles that are created in Pakistan with the agenda to disturb the tractor rally.
Pathak said, “Through intelligence and various other agencies, we have continuously been getting inputs regarding the threat to create disturbance in the tractor rally. A total of 308 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to create confusion.”
The eleventh and last round of the talks between the farmer unions and centre was held on Friday last week. In all the 10 rounds the farmer unions and government met on an impasse where the former insisted on complete repelling of the three farm laws whereas the latter asking farmers to reconsider the offer and put the laws on hold for 18 months.