Groups of protesting farmers camping at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points of New Delhi broke police barricades on Tuesday morning to force their way into the city, and have now reached the iconic Red Fort on Republic Day.
Protesters also hoisted flag of a farmer union from the ramparts of the Red Fort and more than 20 tractors have entered the Red Fort, sources reported.
Things took an unexpected turn after farmers tried to enter the city before the designated time for the tractor rally. Farmers at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders attempted to enter the city as early as 8 am on foot and on their tractors.
Police fired tear gas shells and lathicharged farmers when they clashed with the force in parts of the city, including the ITO, after the tractor parade deviated from the permitted route in an attempt to move towards Rajpath. The Delhi Police appealed to the protesting farmers to not take law in their hands and maintain peace
As a precautionary measure, the Delhi Metro Tuesday barred entry at several stations, including Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Bahadurgarh City, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Tikri Border, Tikri Kalan, Ghevra, Mundka Industrial Area, Mundka, Rajdhani Park, Nangloi Railway Station and Nangloi.