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Farmers take out ‘Delhi Chalo March’

Farmers take out ‘Delhi Chalo March’
(L) Police personnel use water canons on farmers during ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march near Ambala. (R) Members of farmer organisations react as police fire tear-gas at Punjab-Haryana border in Ambala Thursday.
CHANDIGARH/NEW DELHI, NOV 26 | Publish Date: 11/26/2020 11:27:50 AM IST

Teargas, barricades, water cannons greet farmers at borders

Farmers from Punjab faced water cannons and broke police barriers at the state’s border with Haryana as they pushed towards the national capital Thursday on their “Delhi Chalo” march against the Centre’s farm laws.

By late evening, a large group of them had reached the road toll plaza at Panipat, about 100 km from Delhi. Bhartiya Kisan Union (Haryana) leader Gurnam Singh said the protesters planned to spend the night there and will resume the march the next morning.

There were traffic snarls during the day at Delhi’s border with police checking vehicles coming in from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Metro services between Delhi and NCR areas were restricted. At the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border, police and Punjab farmers in their tractor-trolleys were locked in a confrontation for a couple of hours in the morning.

Police made announcements on loudspeakers asking the farmers assembled on the Punjab side to disperse. But as protesters tried to push through barricades, the Haryana Police used a water cannon and lobbed teargas shells. Apart from this confrontation in Ambala district, there were face-offs between the protesters and police in Haryana’s Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Fatehabad and Jind districts bordering Congress-run Punjab.

Police had placed cement and steel barricades and parked trucks on the road to stop the farmers’ tractor-trolleys. But a few hours later, at most border-points, the farmers were let through. By afternoon, several groups of protesters – from Punjab and Haryana – were travelling towards Delhi on tractor-trolleys. Police diverted private vehicles and long lines of trucks were parked on the road.

Police used water cannons also against protesters trying to enter Kaithal district, and at Khanauri border where farmers were protesting under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugarhan).

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among the opposition leaders who slammed the Haryana Police action at Shambhu. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar exchanged words over Twitter. Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal too criticised attempts to thwart the protest. 

Haryana Police said they acted with restraint and nobody was seriously hurt during the day. No farmer was arrested, they said.

Farmer bodies said they will hold a dharna wherever they are stopped from moving towards the national capital. BKU (Ekta-Ugarhan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan had claimed 25,000 women will participate and over 4,000 tractor-trailers were arranged for the protest.

The farmers are demanding the repeal of the new laws which deregulate the sale of agriculture produce. They say the laws will lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price system. Meanwhile, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar Thursday invited farmers for talks on December 3 to resolves differences. Appealing the farmers to not agitate, Tomar assured that the talk will have a positive outcome.

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