The violence on Republic Day by protesting farmers left several artists including children stranded on the Red Fort until late evening when Delhi police were able to rescue them. Reports indicate that more than 200 child artists were stuck due to the Red Fort siege from about 12 PM. The NCPCR (National Commission for Protection of Child Rights), Bharat’s topmost child rights body has taken cognizance of the plight of stranded children and sought a report in this regard from the Delhi police.
As per available information, around 250 children who performed at the Republic Day parade function were stuck at the Red Fort when the tractor rally by protesting farmers took an ugly violent turn and laid siege to the Red Fort deviating from the routes given to them while granting permission for the rally. The protestors blocked the exit point forcing the children to stay hidden and seek shelter within the fort.
Reports also indicate that the children were scared and crying due to the hooliganism unleashed by the vandals outside. Further, it was late evening by the time the Delhi Police came to their aid and rescued the children escorting them to safety.
Although there is not much information about the plight of the children, it has come to light that the apex child rights body NCPCR has taken note of the incident. The commission has asked the Delhi Police for a report on this matter after it learned that more than 250 children were stranded when vandals stormed the premises.
NCPCR Chairman Priyank Kanoongo in his letter to DCP (North) Anto Alphonse has also asked for filing an FIR against those persons who are responsible for this situation and the terrifying plight of the children.
Tribune India quotes NCPCR chairman’s letter:
“You are further required to furnish a detailed Action Taken Report (ATR) inter alia the following along with the copy of FIR within 48 hours of the date of issue of this letter”.
Kanoongo said in his communication to the DCP also sought information regarding the number of children as well as their details. Kanoongo has asked the police to furnish details such as whom the children were handed over to, where the children were at present, and what measures have been taken by the Delhi Police to ensure the safety and security of these children.
A senior official has issued a statement saying that all the artists including children were rescued by the Delhi Police personnel after almost two hours of them being stranded at the fort. Furthermore, those rescued were also provided refreshments before being escorted to safety.
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