The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Friday refused to grant permission to Delhi police to use the national capital’s nine stadiums to keep arrested or detained farmers protesting against the Centre’s contentious farm laws. Notably, Delhi Police, which is under the Union government, was planning to detain the protesting farmers in these stadiums.
Delhi’s home minister Satyendar Jain on Friday said that the demands raised by the farmers are legitimate and their demands must be accepted. He said jailing the protesting farmers is not the solution to the issue.
Jain confirmed that the Delhi government has rejected Delhi Police’s request, saying that the farmers are protesting in a non-violent way and it is the right of every Indian.
Delhi Police seeks permission
The Delhi Police, earlier on Friday, sought Arvind Kejriwal government’s permission to convert nine stadiums in the national capital into temporary jails. The permission has been sought as thousands of farmers protesting against the Centre’s contentious farm laws continue their march towards Delhi.
The agitating farmers have braved police batons, tear gas and water cannons, while breaking barricades erected by the BJP-ruled state governments, to continue their Delhi journey.
Farmers from six states, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab, are heading to Delhi and plan to converge at Ram Lila Maidan in the heart of the city for a massive protest.
Delhi Police uses tear gas, water cannons against farmers
The Delhi Police used tear gas at the Singhu and Tikri borders to disperse protesting farmers as they tried to enter the national capital on Friday.
Police have enhanced deployment of security personnel, stationed sand-laden trucks and water cannons and used barbed wire for fencing at the Singhu and Tikri border points (Delhi-Haryana border) to prevent the protesters from entering the city. Police said they will not allow the agitating farmers to enter Delhi.
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