Farmers were given police permission to hold the rally on the periphery of the city after a court battle.
The rally to be held over 60-odd-km stretches near the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders was expected to enter the city only after the traditional Republic Day parade ended around 11.30 am.
However Thousands of farmers protesting at agriculture reforms have fought through police barricades and tear gas to enter Delhi’s historic Red Fort complex.
They were on foot and in tractors part of a huge rally that was planned to coincide with India’s Republic Day.
Many protesters diverted from agreed routes and clashes broke out with police. One protester has died. Where the farmers allege he been shoot out where as Police claim he died of an accident
Visuals from the Red Fort showed farmers hoisting a sacred flag of Sikhs at a second flagpole.
Repeated attempts were made to hoist flags on the fort’s domes as well. Thousands of others, waving the national flag, stood at the huge gates of the fort.
The police have managed to push out protesters from inside the fort. But many are still thronging the Ramlila grounds outside the fort.
Fearing further clashes Mobile internet services have been suspended in parts of Delhi as security forces scramble to restore order.
The government is yet to comment on the violence, but reports say Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with Delhi police to discuss the situation. Indian PM Modi is silent and never made a statement till now
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation shut the gates at several metro stations. Also US consulate issue warning advisory to its residents not to overstep residence / their place of stay
The other flashpoint was Nagloi, where the police fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters. More than 300 farmers Injured it the process and overall , 83 police personnel have been injured in the process.
Tens of thousands of farmers have camped on the outskirts of the capital since November, protesting against new laws which deregulate produce markets.
Union leaders say the laws will allow private Indian conglomerates to take over the agriculture sector the bedrock of the economy displacing the existent system of purchases by the government at guaranteed prices.
Smaller farmer demonstrations were also held in 11 Indian Staes and other metro cities, including Mumbai and Bengaluru