Delhi Police on Sunday claimed that over 300 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to disrupt the proposed tractor rally of the protesting farmers on Republic Day.
Detailing the plan for the tractor parade, Deependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) said the rally on Tuesday will be conducted amid tight security after the Republic Day celebrations conclude.
“Over 300 twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan during January 13 to 18 to disrupt the farmers’ tractor rally only by misleading people. There are inputs about the same from different agencies too. It will be a challenging task for us but the rally will be conducted amid tight security after the Republic Day parade is over,” Pathak said at a press conference.
Outer Ring Road
Since November last year, farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against the Centre’s three new agriculture laws at several Delhi border points, including Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, demanding that the legislations be repealed.
While the Delhi police tried to convince farmer leaders to hold their tractor parade outside the national capital, they were adamant on holding the proposed rally on Delhi’s busy Outer Ring Road.
Earlier, there have been three rounds of meetings between the unions and police officers from Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. But it was during the fourth round of talks over the tractor parade on Friday where both sides reached an agreement.
However, the 11th round of talks between government officials led by Agricultural minister Narendra Singh Tomar and forty farm union leaders earlier on Friday was inconclusive. Farmers stuck to their demands while the government urged them to consider its offer to hold discussions to address their concerns after deferring the laws.
“There is a sort of deadlock as the government repeated the offer of deferring the laws, which is not acceptable,” Darshan Pal, one of the union leaders told reporters after the meeting.