Police fired tear gas and resorted to baton charge Friday to interrupt up a clash between farmers and an outsized group of men claiming to be local residents who hurled stones at one another at the Singhu border, one among the most protest sites against farm laws.

Delhi Police SHO (Alipur) Pradeep Paliwal was injured within the violence after a person attacked him with a sword, a politician said, adding that some people were also wounded.

The official said that police detained the person who attacked the police station officer.

The group claiming to be locals demanded that the farmers vacate the Singhu border, one among the most protest sites round the capital, alleging that that they had “insulted” the ensign during their tractor parade on Republic Day.

Armed with sticks, the group of locals reached the location and asked the farmers to go away while raising slogans against them. each side also pelted stones at one another . The protesters at the Singhu border, much of which is barred for entry from outside, came call at numbers to resist the locals.

However, they were promptly stopped by farmer union volunteers which helped things from turning ugly.

“They aren’t locals, but hired goons. They were throwing stones, petrol bombs at us. They attempted to burn down our trolleys also. We are here to resist them. we cannot leave the place,” said Harkirat Mann Beniwal, 21, from Punjab’s Khana district.

Thousands of protesting farmers had clashed with the police during the tractor rally called by farmer unions on January 26 to spotlight their demand for repeal of the Centre’s three farm laws.

Many of the protesters, driving tractors, reached the Red Fort and entered the monument. Some protesters even hoisted religious flags on its domes and therefore the flagstaff at the ramparts, where the ensign is unfurled by the prime minister on Independence Day


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