3 min read.Updated: 27 Nov 2020, 03:01 PM IST Edited By Meghna Sen
Farmers, who are now only a few kilometres away from Delhi, have been stopped from entering the national capital at Singhu border
'We have been doing a peaceful protest and we will continue it. We will enter Delhi protesting peacefully. In a democracy, one should be allowed to protest,' a farmer said
Thousands of farmers from Punjab have been stopped from entering the national capital at the Haryana-Delhi border (Singhu border) on Friday amid protests against the Centre's new farm laws.
The police has also enhanced deployment of security personnel, stationed sand-laden trucks, water cannons and tear gas shells, and used barbed wire for fencing at the Singhu Border to prevent the protesters from entering Delhi as part of their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march.
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The Delhi Police on Friday used tear gas shells to disperse farmers after stone pelting was reported at Delhi-Haryana Singhu border in protests against Centre's farm laws.
The AAP government on Friday denied permission to Delhi Police to use nine stadiums in the city as temporary prisons due to the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest march.
Taking to Twitter, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) has said that a Mansa farmer, who was coming to the national capital as part of the 'Dilli Chalo' protest march, passed away in an accident in Haryana.
Farmers groups, including women, head towards the national capital while protesting and raising slogans on the main highway in Sirsa.
The Delhi Traffic Police has issued an advisory for commuters in view of the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest march. Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police informed that the Tikri border is completely closed for traffic movements by local police. Traffic intending to go towards Haryana is also closed, the tweet said.
Further, the Delhi Traffic Police stated that traffic from Mukarba Chowk and GTK road is being diverted in view of the protest march by All India Kishan Sangharsh co-ordination committee and as a result, traffic is "very very heavy" in that area.
The entry and exit gates of Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Bahadurgarh City, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Tikri Border, Tikri Kalan and Ghevra metro stations on Green Line are now closed, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has said.
The Delhi Police have sought the permission of the Kejriwal government for converting nine stadiums into temporary jails.
After face-off with police at multiple places, farmers, who are now only a few kilometres away from Delhi, have been stopped from entering the national capital at Singhu border. "We have been doing a peaceful protest and we will continue it. We will enter Delhi protesting peacefully. In a democracy, one should be allowed to protest," says a farmer.ANI
Members of Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee prepare in Amritsar stock up essentials in trolleys for their tractor rally towards Delhi. "We have loaded food material for a month and cooking utensils in our trolleys. We're all headed towards Delhi now," a farmer told news agency ANI.
Visuals show traffic jam at Delhi-Gurugram border due to checking of vehicles by the police amid farmers' protest march. CISF personnel have also been deployed on the Delhi-Gurugram border.
A protesting farmer said, "No matter what, we will proceed to Delhi. We are travelling with our families carrying ration for six-months."
"It is expected that more than 50,000 farmers will be standing at the Delhi border by today evening. The numbers are expected to swell through the night as thousands of tractors and trolleys are carrying farmers, women and children from interior areas of Punjab," a statement from Samyukt Kisan Morcha and All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee said.
The Delhi Police have closed traffic movement at the Singhu Border in view of the farmers’ protest. Cops are using tear gas shells to disperse protesting farmers at the Haryana-Delhi border.
Vehicles are not allowed towards Singhu Border. Interstate vehicles may take Western/Eastern peripheral expressway: Delhi Traffic Police https://t.co/JClU8hz19o
The farm leaders and farmers organisation said that they won't return until the government's three farm laws, which leave them vulnerable to big corporates and threaten their livelihood, are repealed.
Farmers from six states, including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab, are backing the march to the national capital. The protest, planned for more than two months, has the support of 500 farmers' organisations.