New Delhi: Police Commissioner SN Srivastava on Thursday (January 28) wrote to Delhi Police staff applauding them for their patience in tackling the tractor rally violence on Republic Day. 

In his letter, Srivastava said, “I would like to tell you that the coming days can be very challenging for us. So, we will have to be alert. We will have to remain patient and disciplined. I thank you for your patience and restraint.”

The Delhi Police Commissioner further wrote, “You showed great patience despite the farmers’ agitation turning violent…394 of our friends were injured in the violence and some are in hospital. I met some of them, they are being given proper treatment.”

In a media briefing on Wednesday, the Delhi Police chief said, “Farmer leaders were also involved in the violence that broke out during tractor rally,” adding that the farmer unions did not follow conditions set for the rally that was supposed to be held between 12 pm and 5 pm.

SN Srivastava told the media, “Farmer leaders have betrayed, they did not follow conditions set for the tractor parade,” adding “Some farmer leaders like Satnam Singh Pannu and Darshan Pal gave inflammatory speeches, following which the protesters breached the barricades.”

Meanwhile, lookout circulars have issued against farmer leaders who have been named in FIRs registered in connection with the violence that broke out during the farmers’ tractor rally in the city on Republic Day.

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The booked farmer leaders have been asked to surrender their passports. The decision to this effect was taken following a series of meetings chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah since Tuesday when the large scale violence took place in the national capital during the farmers’ tractor rally.

Thirty-seven farm union leaders, including six spokespersons of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), have been named in an FIR registered at the Samaypur Badli police station, in Outer Delhi.

Notably, the Delhi Police had held five rounds of meetings with the farmer leaders before the tractor rally.

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