03:41 GMT03 March 2021
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    Near 400 policemen were injured on India’s 72nd Republic Day when they tried to stop protesting farmers from entering the iconic Red Fort in the capital. One tractor-riding protestor died from a bullet wound in a separate location.

    India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said many "anti-India" entities want to spread instability in the country.

    His comments came as thousands of protesters – mainly from the states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh – continue to protest are on Delhi's borders against a trio of controversial farm laws that were passed last September by Parliament. Many people, including famous foreigners, have voiced their support for the farmers, while it's reported that some separatist groups are also supporting the protests.  

    The minister made the comments while addressing the Delhi Police during its 74th Raising Day.

    He praised the police force for its “restraint and responsible behaviour.”

    Blaming anti-India elements for disrupting peace in Delhi, Reddy said, "On January 26, we witnessed how anti-India powers used farmers' protest to disrupt the law and order situation in Delhi.”

    The Delhi Police has been criticised of late for the way in which it's dealt with the farmers' protests.

    Since the Republic Day violence in Delhi, the police have put at least 115 protesters in jail.


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