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200 agitators detained for tractor parade violence, Delhi Police scanning CCTV footage

New Delhi: The Delhi Police have detained 200 people who spread violence in the national capital during the tractor parade on the occasion of Republic Day. All those detained are being questioned.

All of those arrested are accused of assaulting policemen, causing damage to government property and violence.

Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel reached the historic Red Fort in Delhi and took stock of the situation. As the minister visited the Red Fort, there were horrific scenes of vandalism at the memorial, as protesters entered the complex after breaking barricades and skirmishing with security forces.

A group of protesters also climbed the ramparts and hoisted their flags. Scenes surfaced today showed broken pieces of glass, scattered pieces of paper and a vandalized ticket counter. The broken metal detector gate and the cap of police personnel can also be seen lying on the ground.

In all, the Delhi Police has so far registered 22 FIRs in connection with the violence that took place during the tractor parade on the occasion of Republic Day. Officials said more than 300 policemen were injured in the clashes that took place yesterday. 

The Delhi Police have started an investigation into the violence and have been searching video and CCTV footage since yesterday to identify the culprits. The Delhi Police has assured strict action against the miscreants.

FIRs may be registered against some farmer leaders: report

The Delhi Police found blood-soaked hats and shoes at the spot from where policemen chased by the protesters had jumped into the ditch near the Red Fort. The ticket counter and washrooms have been damaged by the protesters.

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Out of 22 FIRs, 5 FIRs are registered in outer Delhi district. According to sources, the Delhi Police may also register FIRs on some ‘farmer leaders’.

Crime Branch will conduct investigation into tractor parade violence: Delhi Police

The Delhi Police registered an FIR under the IPC Sec 395 (robbery), 397 (robbery, or robbery, for causing death or misery), 120B (criminal conspiracy punishment) and other sections for yesterday’s violence. The case will be investigated by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police.

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