According to sources Delhi Police may permit protesting farmers to take out their planned tractor rally on the roads of the capital city on 26th January.
However, there would be certain limitations to that. The farmers can take their tractor rally only through pre-decided and sanitized routes with a very limited number of participants. The entire rally would be under strict police supervision.
The police are in constant talks with the farmers’ leaders deliberating on the plans as it is also the Republic Day and there are security issues during the day already.
The police also said that the farmers should adhere to the rules, else the police will be forced to apply their might to avoid any disruption to normal activities. If the protesting farmers behave unruly, then police will be ready to apply force to push them back.
The police will allow the rally to go ahead only when there is a mutual agreement on certain areas like the route, number of participants, and number of tractors among others.
The Delhi Police, earlier, had approached the Supreme Court to intervene and set the guidelines regarding the rally during the Republic day. However, to this, the Apex Court refused to get involved and on the contrary mentioned that Delhi Police is competent enough to handle the situation on their own.
The protesting farmers, mainly from Punjab, UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and other bordering states have blocked the highways leading to Delhi since the last two months over the contentious farm bills passed by the government in September.