The Delhi police have allowed the farmers protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws to hold ‘peaceful agitation’ in city. The move came amid clashes between farmers and police personnel at the Singhu border.
Police on Friday said that they have allowed farmers to hold peaceful protest at the Nirankari Ground in north Delhi. “After holding discussion with farmer leaders, the Delhi police permitted the protesting farmers to hold peaceful protest at Nirankari Ground in Burari inside Delhi. We appeal to all farmers to maintain peace,” said Eish Singhal, Delhi Police PRO.
Police use tear gas at Singhu border
Earlier in the day, the Delhi Police used tear gas at the Singhu border to disperse protesting farmers who were trying to head towards the national capital as part of the march to protest the Centre’s new farm laws. Farmers also pelted stones at police and broke barricades in an attempt to enter the national capital.
The administration had deployed heavy police force at the city borders to prevent the farmers from entering it.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday welcomed the Union government’s decision allowing farmers to enter the national capital and hold peaceful agitation. Earlier in the day, agitating farmers at the Delhi-Haryana Singhu border had pelted stones. They also broke barricades as they clashed with Delhi Police which used tear gas shells to disperse them.
Police said that the administration allowed the farmers to hold peaceful protest at the Nirankari Ground, in north Delhi. “I welcome the Centre’s decision to allow farmers to enter Delhi to exercise their democratic right to protest. They should also now initiate immediate talks to address farmers’ concerns on the #FarmLaws and resolve the simmering issue,” Amarinder Singh said in a tweet.
Farmers broke through Sonepat barricade
Late last night, a large group of farmers in Haryana, heading to Delhi through Sonepat, faced a huge police barricade. Police blocked the road with large containers, and trenches were dug up, to prevent them crossing with their tractors.
The farmers raised slogans and pressed into the barricades but there were many obstructions. In course of the night, they removed all the blocks.
Activist Anand Mangnale described how the farmers did it in a Twitter thread that is being widely shared.
“The farmers have broken through the Sonepat barricade. They pushed away the containers, filled the holes, removed cement structures and created a road despite police using water cannon,” Mangnale said in a series of tweets.