In a violent turn to an ongoing stir against the contentious farm legislations, a tractor was set on fire at India Gate in Delhi on Monday morning.
Five persons were arrested in connection with the burning of a tractor at India Gate, Delhi Police said. A Toyota Innova car used in the act was also seized, police said.
Police sources told India Today that the tractor was set ablaze by a group of Punjab Youth Congress workers on Monday morning at the Rajpath during a protest against the farm laws, agitations against which are being held across the country.
According to fire officials, they received information regarding the incident at 7.42 am and two fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
Around 15-20 people set a tractor on fire at India Gate here on Monday morning, the police was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
DCP New Delhi told ANI: “Around 15- 20 persons gathered here [India Gate] and tried to set a tractor on fire. The fire has been doused off and a tractor was also removed. Those involved are being identified. Probe underway.”
President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave assent to three contentious farm bills that have triggered protests across the country.
President’s assent came a day after ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) oldest ally, Shiromani Akali Dal quit the NDA over the farm bills. Akali Dal quit the NDA on Saturday, a week after it walked out of the Narendra Modi government.
Terming the President’s assent to the Farm Bills as “unfortunate and distressing”, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday said his government is exploring all options, including possible amendments to the state laws, to protect farmers’ interests. The Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh will hold a sit-in on Monday.
A state-wide bandh is being observed by farmers’s organisations in Karnataka. The protest is against the amendments to the APMC and land reforms acts made by the BS Yediyurappa government. The dawn-to-dusk bandh call is being supported by several pro-Kannada and other outfits besides the opposition Congress and the JD(S), who had opposed the amendment bills in the assembly.