DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES PROTESTERS HEAD BACK BUT SCORES INSIDE DELHI `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 ONE PROTESTER DEAD AS TRACTOR OVERTURNS FARMERS BROKE PACT, 150 PERSONNEL HURT: POLICE INTERNET SUSPENDED IN ATTEMPT TO BRING CALM Farm protesters cross Red Fort line The Bangladesh contingent at the parade. Tashi Tobgyal Marking 50 years of 1971 war, Bangla team part of R-Day event Protesters hoist own flag after entering the Red Fort during the tractor parade against the farm laws on Tuesday. Abhinav Saha Red Fort secured after descent into chaos, crackdown likely NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 PAGES 3, 5 27-year-old dead, family didn’t know was in Delhi Navreet was riding this tractor when killed MANISH SAHU & JIGNASA SINHA LUCKNOW, NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 NAVREET SINGH, 27, who died on Tuesday during the protests in Delhi, had recently returned from Australia where he was studying. Officials said his family had no idea that he had joined the protesters at the Capital’s borders. Several farmers from Bilaspur area of Rampur had travelledtoDelhifortheprotests, and Navreet, a resident of Dibdiba village in the district, joined the agitation three days ago, officials said. He died when the tractor he was in overturned at ITO in Central Delhi. ACCTV grabshowsNavreet’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Night before, how Deep Sidhu, others seized Singhu stage KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR BUSINESS AS USUAL LUDHIANA, NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 Protesters break through barricades near Nangloi. Amit Mehra and vandalism while forcing theirwayin,aroundthetimethe RepublicDayparadewasunderway on Rajpath. The parade remained unaffected by the turn of events elsewhere. As night fell, the RedFortwas secured, the flags removed and protesters made to vacate the premises.Asauthoritiesplanned acrackdown,therewassomedialling down of temperature. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the umbrella organisation of farmer unions – the majority from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AFTER TWO months of peaceful protests on Delhi's borders and 11 rounds of negotiations with the Central government, as the Republic Day tractor parade spiralled into chaos Tuesday, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a united front of the protesting farmers, and other farmer leaders dissociated themselves from the violence and strongly condemned the incidents. "Wecondemn and regret the undesirable and unacceptable events that have taken place and dissociate ourselves from those indulginginsuchacts.Despiteall CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BY UNNY THE EDITORIAL PAGE LAW& DISORDER Violence discredits winter of peaceful protest PAGE 8 AMRITSAR, JANUARY 26 “OUR ROUTE, Ring Road”. The call to break away from the designated routes, many farm leaders said, was given by some fringe elements, who took over the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) stage at the Singhu border for hours on Monday night. For about six hours, from 6 pm to midnight, a group of youths hijacked the stage to oppose the route agreed upon between SKM leaders and Delhi Police.Theirprotestwaswebcast live on some Punjabi web channels as well as some individual social media accounts. Initially, it was some unknown faces, demanding that SKM leaders come on the stage Deep Sidhu in a video of himself at Red Fort and answer their questions regardingtheroutedecidedforthe tractor parade. But later, some known faces, like Lakhbir Singh Sidhana alias Lakha Sidhana (40), gangster-turned-politician and president of the Malwa Youth Federation, and Punjabi film actor Deep Sidhu, who campaigned for the BJP's Sunny CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 MARKING 50 years of the 1971 India-Pakistan war that led to the liberation of Bangladesh, a 122-member contingent of the Bangladesh Armed Forces participated in theRepublic Day parade on Tuesday. Led by Lt Col Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawon and his deputies Lieutenant Farhan Ishraq and Flight Lieutenant Sibat Rahman, the contingent had personnel of the Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force. The Bangladesh military band, which marched with the contingent,played a popular patriotic song from 1971, “Shono ekti Mujiborer theke/Lokkho Mujiborer (A Million Mujiburs CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE AT R-DAY PARADE IN THE CAPITAL, RAFALE STEALS THE SHOW COVID FIGHT, UNITY: KEY R-DAY MESSAGE ACROSS STATES PAGES 4, 6 Question mark over farm talks, protest leaders on backfoot LIZ MATHEW & HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 OVER THE last two months, the farmers’ unions had worked strenuously to ensure that their protest against the Centre’s new farm laws remained free of any law-and-order incidents. That theircountertocriticswhocalled them names — from Naxals to Khalistanis — was peaceful protests. However, the violence in the national capital on Republic Day, a crowd breaking awaytostormRedFort,hasgiven theGovernmentanopportunity topressitscasethattheagitation involves not just farmers but hardline elements as well. It is expected to underline this in what is expected to be a fractious Budget session of Parliament.Thatitsofferof keep- E E X P L A I NE D INSIDE AT THE BORDERS: HOW IT UNFOLDED VIOLENCE NOT RIGHT, SAYS OPPOSITION; INSULT TO MARTYRS AT RED FORT: RSS Farm leaders slam violence: Movement hit, peace our power RAAKHI JAGGA & AMIL BHATNAGAR SOFI AHSAN, JIGNASA SINHA, SUKRITA BARUAH, ARANYA SHANKAR & SAKSHI DAYAL THE TWO-MONTH-OLD protest by farmer unions, camping at the gates of Delhi to seek the repeal of new agriculture laws, descended into chaos on Republic Day when hundreds of protesters, breaking away from a planned tractor rally on the city’s outskirts, felled barriers at the borders, clashed with police to enter the Capital, and stormed the Red Fort to unfurl the Nishan Sahib, the religious flag of the Sikhs. One protester died when his tractor overturned while ramming a road barrier at ITO, and scores were injured, among them at least 150 police personnel, as mobs resortedto violence PM Modi with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, President Kovind at the R-Day parade. PTI Deepens thedivide ● within THIS IS the first time key farmers’ unions have had to distance themselves from a section within. This pushes them to the backfoot and gives the Government leverage in the talks going ahead. The Government’s criticism has been that sections within will not accept any resolution and will keep moving the goalpost. ingthenew laws on holdwasrejectedbytheunionsandthiswas followed by Tuesday’s violence. The Government will also use CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 5HLTKTR At ITO in Central Delhi, one of the sites of clashes. Tashi Tobgyal Police raised red flags, but call taken to let in tractors DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 CONCERNS THAT the tractor paradecouldgooff coursewereexpressed during a series of meetings held in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the past few days, sources told The Indian Express. However, despite the Delhi Police's reservations, a political call was taken to allow the rally rather than letting the farmers take a “more confrontationist” stand. On Tuesday, as a section of protesters stormed the Red Fort, Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with top officials of the MHA, Delhi Police and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Daughters killed, accused parents, all held extreme religious beliefs: Andhra Police PAGE 1 ANCHOR JOHNSON T A MADANAPALLI, JANUARY 26 ON TUESDAY morning, when V Padmaja, principal of Masterminds IIT Talent School in Madanapalli town of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh, was brought in for a coronavirus test to the taluk hospital — ahead of her arrest for allegedly murder- The house in Madanapalli, Andhra Pradesh, where the murders took place. Johnson T A inghertwodaughters—shewas incoherent. “Corona did not come from China... it came from Shiva. I am Shiva andcorona will be gone by March,” she said as medical staff attemptedtogetanasalswabfor an RT-PCR test. 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