The Delhi Police have 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 hell-bent to enter Delhi
On Friday morning, Delhi Police used tear gas at the Singhu Border to disperse protesting farmers who are heading towards Delhi to protest against the Centre’s new farm laws.
There is a heavy police deployment of security personnel with sand-laden trucks and water cannons stationed, usage of barbed wire for fencing at the Singhu Border to prevent the protesters from entering the city. While police have said they will not allow the agitating farmers to enter Delhi, the farmers’ groups are determined to enter Delhi.
Police action against farmers in Haryana
At the Punjab-Harayana border at Shambhu, Haryana Police on Thursday restricted farmers from entering the state. The police had to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd which was adamant on continuing its journey to Delhi through Haryana. The situation became tense after the protesting farmers threw the police barricades into the Ghaggar river.
A splinter group, however, managed to proceed to Tiyora-Tiyori village on the Ambala-Kurukshetra border, where police again used water cannons to stop their march to Delhi. This group of Haryana farmers, which was being led by state BKU chief Gurnam Singh Charuni, had reached Karnal as part of their march to Delhi.
Punjab CM criticises Haryana Police’s action
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday criticised the use of brutal force against farmers by Haryana police. He said it was a “sad irony on Constitution Day”.
He tweeted: “It is a sad irony that on Constitution Day, 2020, the constitutional right of farmers (to protest peacefully) is being oppressed in this manner. Let them pass ML Khattar ji, don’t push them to the brink. Let them take their voice to Delhi peacefully.”
He added that the use of “brute force” was “totally undemocratic and unconstitutional”.
He said: “For nearly 2 months farmers have been protesting peacefully in Punjab without any problem. Why is Haryana govt provoking them by resorting to force? Don’t the farmers have the right to pass peacefully through a public highway? @mlkhattar.”
Yogendra Yadav takes a dig at Haryana govt
Farmer leader and Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav, detained by the Haryana Police at Gurugram on Thursday, also took a dig at the BJP government in Haryana.
He said: “Three days ago, Dushyant Chautala rallied thousands of farmers. No mask. No social distancing. Then there is no pandemic. Bihar election-no pandemic. When farmers gather, then there is a pandemic. This must be a very strange disease.”
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