The farmers from Punjab who are protesting against the three contentious agricultural laws (farm bills) passed by the Central government in September, on Friday resumed their march to Delhi as a part of their ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest.
On Thursday, the protesting farmers were able to cross into neighbouring Haryana despite violent clashes with the Haryana Police. The Haryana police’s action initiated a fierce war of words between the two states.
With Haryana-Delhi border completely sealed, the farmers once again faced heavy resistance in their attempt to reach the national capital. The farmers, though, say they have adequate ration and other essential items with them and will sit on ‘dharna’ wherever they are obstructed by the police.
The Delhi Police had previously turned down two separate appeals by the farmers for allowing them to peacefully hold the ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest in the city, indicating the violation of the Covid-19 regulations in place here.
Earlier, thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana gathered at Panipat on Friday and jointly recommenced their march to the national capital on the ‘Dilli Chalo’ call given by farm unions for an indefinite protest confronting the new farm laws that were passed by the centre.
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Even as the Singhu border near exterior Delhi’s Narela has remained blocked for traffic since Thursday evening because of the farmers’ march towards the capital city, on Friday morning the police also entirely closed the Tikri border that leads from Delhi to Bahadurgarh.
Mathura: Traffic jam at Yamuna Expressway as agitating farmers block the road. Police personnel present at the spot. pic.twitter.com/2fXDZ7uCLJ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 27, 2020
Meanwhile, Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ridiculed the Delhi Police’s plea to Delhi govt-which to convert nine big stadiums into temporary jails.
I think it's a most inhuman thing we can do to our farmers. Delhi Police should stop calling themselves- दिल वाली पुलिस https://t.co/bqBH3MDcWB— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) November 27, 2020