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A Farmer sits at Singhu Border protest site a day after R-Day violence as the farm unions continue their agitation against the new agri laws on Delhi’s border points.

NEW DELHI: The aftermath of the January 26 tractor rally by farmers which broke out into violence is now dotted with lookout notices, sedition charges and multiple FIRs against agitators who violated the pre-decided agreements between the farm leaders and the Delhi Police.
Even as the farmers retreated to Delhi’s border points and continue to protest against the new agri laws, nineteen people have been arrested so far and over 25 criminal cases registered by Delhi Police in connection with the violence. Some of the police personnel are admitted to ICU wards due to their critical condition.
16 Opposition parties to boycott Presidential address to Parliament
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said that 16 opposition political parties will be boycotting President Ram Nath Kovind’s address that will be delivered on Friday, the first day of the budget session of Parliament. The parties have demanded an impartial investigation into incidents of violence in Delhi during tractor rally and the Central government’s role in the events.
Union minister Amit Shah meets injured police personnel
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday met police personnel who were injured in the violence during farmers’ tractor rally on January 26 in north Delhi hospitals. He met the injured police personnel at the Sushruta Trauma Centre and Tirath Ram Shah Hospital, Civil Lines.”We are proud of their courage and bravery,” Shah wrote on his official Twitter account. Delhi Police said that 394 police personnel sustained injuries in the violence during farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day in Delhi.
Police lodge case of sedition for Red Fort violence
The Delhi Police has registered a sedition case in connection with the violence at Red Fort during the tractor rally. According to a senior police officer, a case under section 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered and the incident is being investigated. Earlier, the Delhi Police had named actor Deep Sidhu and gangster-turned-social activist Lakha Sidhana in an FIR lodged in connection with the Red Fort incident. Thousands of protesting farmers, who reached ITO from the Ghazipur border, clashed with the police. Many of them, driving tractors, reached the Red Fort and entered the monument. They hoisted flags on the domes and placed the flagstaff at the ramparts of the national monument.
Delhi Police sends notice to Rakesh Tikait
Delhi Police has issued a notice to Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait asking him to explain as to why legal action should not be taken against him for breaching the agreement with police regarding the tractor rally on January 26. Delhi Police has asked him to submit the response within three days. Police have demanded Tikait to provide names of the perpetrators who indulged in violence. Tikait had on Wednesday distanced himself from the violence and Red Fort incident and had said, “those who created violence and unfurled flags at the fort will have to pay for their deeds.”
Lookout notices issued against farmer leaders
The Delhi Police has issued lookout notices against farmer leaders who have been named in an FIR filed in connection with the R-Day violence. A lookout notice is issued to prevent an accused from leaving the country. Police have named 37 farmer leaders, including Rakesh Tikait, Yogendra Yadav and Medha Patkar, in the FIR that mentioned charges of attempt to murder, rioting and criminal conspiracy. Other farmer leaders named in the FIR are Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh Chanduni, Kulwant Singh Sandhu, Satnam Singh Pannu, Joginder Singh Ugraha, Surjeet Singh Phool, Jagjeet Singh Dalewal, Balbir Singh Rajewal and Harinder Singh Lakhoval.
SC seeks Centre’s reply on Congress MP’s plea against farm laws
The Supreme Court Thursday sought the Centre’s reply on a plea by TN Prathapan, Congress MP from Kerala, challenging the Constitutional validity of three contentious farm laws. A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notice to the central government on the plea and ordered tagging it with the ones pending on the issue. The top court, on January 12, had already stayed the implementation of the farm laws.
(With inputs from agencies)


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