A protestor had hoisted the Nishan Sahib and farmer union flags from the ramparts of the Red Fort during the chaos at a tractor rally called by farmers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first radio address of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ in 2021, referred to the events at the Red Fort during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day. “India was saddened by the insult to tricolour on Republic Day,” PM Modi said.
“Amidst all this, the country was saddened by the insult to the Tricolour on the 26th of January in Delhi. We have to infuse times to come with new hope. Last year, we displayed exemplary patience & courage. This year too, we have to work hard to attain our resolves,” PM Modi said.
During the tractor march organised by protesting farmers’ on the Republic day, deviating from pre-designated routes for the parade, a group of protesting farmers reached Red Fort on tractors. A protestor had hoisted the Nishan Sahib and farmer union flags from the ramparts of the Red Fort. However, the tr-colour was not taken down by the protestors.
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.
Parts of Red Fort, an iconic Mughal-era monument, suffered damages during this chaos. It has been shut till January 31 by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Earlier, the Prime Minister had responded to opposition demands for a special probe into the incidents at the Red Fort saying the law will take its own course.