The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday condemned the violence during the farmers’ tractor parade in Delhi and said the ‘unfortunate act’ at the Red Fort was an insult to those who sacrificed their lives for India’s freedom and National integrity. The RSS appealed to all countrymen to rise above political and ideological differences and strive for peace as a priority.
“The violence that took place in Delhi on Republic Day is sad and condemnable,” RSS Sarkaryavah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said in a statement. “Especially what happened in Red Fort is an insult to the freedom fighters and those who laid down their lives for the integrity of the nation. There is no place for such anarchy in a democracy,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has registered 22 FIRs so far in connection with the violence that broke out during the farmers’ tractor parade in the national capital leaving over 300 policemen injured, officials said on Wednesday.
The Sayunkt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which comprises various farmer organisations, had proposed a “Kisan Tractor Rally” on Republic Day. The SKM had held several rounds of meetings with the Delhi Police in connection with their tractor parade. They had given an undertaking to the police to take out a peaceful rally as per the proposed plans on four agreed-upon routes. However, on Tuesday around 8.30 am, 6,000 to 7,000 tractors assembled at the Singhu border, police said, before matters got completely out of hand.