Farmers Allowed To Enter Delhi Amid Heavy Police Deployment

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After hours of violent protests along the Delhi-Haryana border, protesting farmers have finally been allowed to enter the national capital on Friday, 27 November.

Requesting farmers to protest peacefully, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava told ANI, “Protesting farmers will be allowed to enter the national capital. They will have the permission to protest at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area.”

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, however, hit out at Haryana CM ML Khattar over the violence unleashed on the protesting farmers earlier in the day.

"“Centre has now allowed farmers to enter Delhi, yet the @mlkhattar govt. is resorting to brutal force to stop them from marching peacefully to the national capital? What’s the need for such harsh measures? This barbarism needs to stop right now @mlkhattar ji.”" - Captain Amrinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister

Defying barricades, water cannons and tear gas, thousands of Punjab farmers marched closer to the national capital on Friday, 27 November. The Delhi Police reportedly closed off the Tikri border that leads from Delhi to Bahadurgarh on Friday morning to stop protesters from entering the city.

This comes a day after the Delhi Police closed off the Singhu border connecting Narela and adjoining Delhi areas with Sonepat, with barricades, tear gas and water cannons.

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday afternoon urged the Centre to immediately initiate talks with Kisan Unions to defuse the tense situation at the Delhi borders, ANI reported. “The voice of farmers cannot be muzzled indefinitely,” the CM tweeted.

Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah tweeted, “When the whole farming community is against the new farm laws, why is the govt so adamant about taking it forward? Are corporate interests more important than farmers’ lives?”

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Protesting farmers had reportedly jumped barricades in Sirsa on Friday morning. According to ANI, protesting farmers said they're marching to Delhi for their rights. "Whatever we do will be peaceful. We won't harm any person or property. Even if we have to stay for a month, we will. Even if we have attain martyrdom, we will," a farmer told ANI.

Delhi police deployed in large numbers to stop farmers coming to Delhi during their Delhi Chalo protest against the Kisan Bill, at Singhu border in New Delhi
Delhi police deployed in large numbers to stop farmers coming to Delhi during their Delhi Chalo protest against the Kisan Bill, at Singhu border in New Delhi

Should Be Allowed to Protest in Democracy: Farmers

A farmer protesting at the border told ANI, "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.” The police lobbed tear gas shells at the agitators.

Propped on tractors and trucks, bikes, and many on bicycles and foot the marchers have started from six states, including the neighbouring Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan besides Kerala. The marches have been planned for two months to press the central government to repeal the recently enacted farm laws.

Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava, told Hindustan Times that the farmers’ request to protest was rejected as COVID-19 guidelines do not permit any political gathering. “If they still make an attempt, we have deployed personnel at the borders to not let them enter the national capital. We are also in contact with Punjab and Haryana Police,” he added.

Delhi police deployed in large numbers to stop farmers coming to Delhi during their Delhi Chalo protest against the Kisan Bill, at Singhu border in New Delhi
Delhi police deployed in large numbers to stop farmers coming to Delhi during their Delhi Chalo protest against the Kisan Bill, at Singhu border in New Delhi

Metro Stations Near Delhi-Haryana Border Closed

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Friday stated that train services from NCR towards Delhi will not be available till further notice.

Entry and exit gates of the following metro stations located on the green line have been closed: Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Bahadurgarh City, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Tikri Border, Tikri Kalan and Ghevra.

"“As advised by Delhi Police, metro services will be available only from Delhi towards the NCR sections. However, services from the NCR stations towards Delhi will not be available due to security reasons till further notice.”" - Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

On the Red line, services between Dilshad Garden and Major Mohit Sharma Rajender Nagar section has been suspended, reported Hindustan Times. On the Yellow Line, train service will not be available between Sultanpur and Guru Dronacharya stations.

On the Violet line, there will be no trains between Badarpur Border and Mewala Maharajpur and on the Magenta line, there will be no services available from Jasola Vihar-Shaheen Bagh to the Botanical Garden section, the publication reported.

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Tear Gas Shells Fired at Singhu Border

According to news reports, police stationed at Singhu near the Haryana-Delhi border have fired multiple rounds of tear gas shells to stop the protesting farmers.

In Rohtak, protests broke out after a 45-year-old farmer who was marching to Delhi died in a road accident, reported The Indian Express. Two other farmers were also reportedly injured in the same accident after a loaded trolley and a farmer’s tractor collided.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union alleged that the incident took place due to the hurdles set up by the Haryana government in a bid to stop the ‘Dilli Chalo’ march, reported The Indian Express.

The farmers are demanding the roll back of the three farm laws that were enacted by the Parliament in September this year.

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