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Farmer Dies As Tractor Overturns At ITO Junction In Delhi: Police

Some farmers at the site near the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, however, claimed he was killed in police firing and began a sit-in protest. 

The Delhi Police on Tuesday said one farmer died after a speeding tractor overturned near the ITO junction in central Delhi. Some farmers at the site near the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, however, claimed he was killed in police firing and began a sit-in protest, NDTV reported.

The farmer has been identified as Navneet Singh, 30, from Uttarakhand’s Bajpur area.

According to senior police officer quoted by news agency PTI, the tractor that overturned was part of a group from the Ghazipur border that had taken a detour from the agreed upon route for today’s rally.

Earlier in the day, deviating from pre-designated routes for the parade, a group of protesting farmers reached Red Fort on tractors. A protestor hoisted a flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort. 

Clashes were reported from the ITO area of Delhi, where farmers and police tried overpowering each other, with police using lathi charge to control the crowd. A DTC bus was reportedly vandalised by protesting farmers at ITO in central Delhi.

Protesters broke barricade, attacked police personnel and vandalised police vehicle at ITO in central Delhi, according to news agency ANI.

Following the violence, internet services have been temporarily suspended in some parts of Delhi and adjoining areas.

People residing in these areas uploaded screenshots on social media platforms of a text message they received on their mobile phones. “As per government instructions, Internet services have been stopped in your area till further notice,” the text message read.

News agency ANI quoted Union Home Ministry sources as saying that the Internet has been shut at areas near the Singhu border – the epicentre of farmers’ protest against the three agriculture laws, Ghazipur, Tikri, Mukarba Chowk, Nangloi of the national capital till 23:59 hrs on January 26.

 

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