Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 7
Police in Sirsa on Wednesday detained nearly 100 farmers who were sitting on dharna to protest the contentious farm laws at Bhumman Shah Chowk since Tuesday night.
Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav was also taken into custody by police in Sirsa.
I have been detained by Haryana Police for joining peaceful dharna at Sirsa.
Dharna site demolished. About 100 farmers and leaders arrested.
Clearly, Haryana govt is rattled by farmers’ questions, bent upon using brutal force to prevent dissent. https://t.co/vEWxUWW9UN
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) October 7, 2020
The detained farmers were taken to police lines in buses.
Hundreds of farmers had assembled in Sirsa on Tuesday for a sit-in outside the residences of Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala and Power Minister Ranjit Singh.
The farmers later decided to sit on an indefinite dharna at Bhumman Shah Chowk adjacent to the residences of the two leaders.
President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and the Farm Services Bill; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, which were passed by Parliament last month.