Despite the ongoing efforts to vaccinate the entire country against the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic, the backbone of our nation - the farmers, have been up in arms against the 3 Agricultural Laws that were recently passed by the Central Government! The farmers have been protesting against the implementation of these laws and demanding that they be scrapped immediately and these protests have been going on for over a month in the national capital of Delhi, even in the extreme climatic conditions. These protests have intensified over time and with the farmers resorting to their tractor protests today, on the occasion of Republic Day, things seem to have gotten very bad!

Security has been intensified across Delhi but despite that, the protests have turned violent. Latest reports state that 1 farmer has lost his life in the violence that erupted during today's protests. Also, a section of the farmers breached the security at the iconic Red Fort and some of them managed to hoist the Farmers' flags, on flagposts on some domes of the Fort! The main staff from which the Prime Minister traditionally hoists the Indian tricolour on Independence Day, was also not spared. We hear that the protests turned violent, when the farmers began their tractor parade, much before the time allotted to them and also along routes that were not permitted for them. When the farmers began to push towards Central Delhi, the Police had to rush to restrain them and eventually lathi charge and tear gas was used to subdue them, resulting in the protests turning violent.

Following the eruption of violence, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an order for temporarily suspending internet services in some parts of the Delhi - National Capital Region (NCR). The Department of Telecom has issued orders to telecom service providers to suspend internet services till 23:59 of January 26th (today). This order was issued under Section 7 of the India Telegraph Act and has since been approved by the Union Home Secretary. The government has stated that this move was necessary to avert a public emergency and for maintaining the safety of the public. The Delhi Police had initially granted permission for the farmers' Tractor Parade, after they had promised that it would be peaceful and not disrupt any proceedings of the Republic Day Parade on Rajpath. Reports from the ground state that the leaders of the farmers protests believe that it was "anti-social elements" who instigated the violence and some people blame the "Nihangs" (Sikh Warriors) for the breach at the Red Fort. Stay tuned for updates...