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RTI: 299 policemen injured in 26 January ‘farmer’ riots, property worth crores damaged

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The protests of the farmers on the borders of Delhi against the three new agricultural laws brought by the central government are still going on. On January 26 this year, thousands of farmers entered the Delhi border by breaking the police barricades at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border during the tractor march.

They not only damaged public property, but also hoisted the Khalistani flag at the Red Fort. It was a dark day for India. During this time, Nihangs were seen holding open swords in their hands. At the same time, several dozen policemen were also injured by stone pelting by the alleged farmers.

Republic Day 2021 Several protesters and peasant leaders, including Deep Sidhu, who were present at the Red Fort were arrested after the riots during the period. Farmer leaders Rakesh Tikait and Yogendra Yadav were booked under serious sections like attempt to murder.

Yogendra Yadav was booked under 307 in Outer Delhi. Now, the information provided by RTI activist Vivek Pandey in response to RTI reveals how much damage was done after those riots.

Pandey filed an RTI (Right to Information) with the Delhi Police to ascertain the damage caused by the riots from all the police stations in Delhi. He asked the following questions in it.

  • Details of total number of vehicles burnt in this rally
  • Details of property damage in rally
  • How much property was damaged during the rally
  • Number of policemen injured in clash between farmers and police
  • Number of farmers injured in clash between farmers and police
Screenshot of RTI filed by RTI activist Vivek Pandey

He received replies from all police stations except one. Pandey Opindia Shared the RTI details with, and here are the details we got about the losses suffered by the alleged farmers during the riots. He received replies from all police stations except one. Here, information about how much damage was done to the public property and how many policemen were injured during the riots by the alleged farmers.

A total of 299 policemen were injured during the riots. Out of these 115 people were injured in Outer district, 37 in Dwarka, 19 in Central and 24 in North district. One more thing was revealed in the RTI responses. She was an INSAS rifle magazine with 20 live rounds, which disappeared during the riots.

It is worth noting that during the tractor rally demonstration on 26 January, agitating farmers captured the Red Fort and hoisted their flag. Apart from this, fiery farmers vandalized many places including the Red Fort and also attacked the police.

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