Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 27
After braving water cannons and clashing with security personnel, thousands of farmers entered the national Capital on Friday from Tikri border following permission by the Delhi Police to hold a peaceful protest at Nirankari Ground in Burari.
Capt slams Khattar govt for ‘brute’ force
Chandigarh: Punjab CM Capt Amarinder slammed Haryana’s ML Khattar government for its continued use of brute force to stop farmers despite the Union Government’s conciliatory move. “What’s the need for such harsh measures? This barbarism needs to stop right now @mlkhattar ji… The farmers did not inflict damage on any public property over the past three months of their protest, and here is a state government that is brazenly and shamelessly digging up roads made of public money,” he said, reiterating his appeal to the Centre to address the farmers’ concerns. TNS
Support pours in
- Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal
- Anganwari Mulazim Union, Jld
- Punjab Civil Med Services Assn
- Pharmacy Officers’ Assn, Bathinda
- Nursing Staff Assn, Bathinda
- Class IV Workers Union
- Ludhiana Goods Transport Assn
- All-India Motor Transport Congress
The farmers, who were part of the “Delhi Chalo” march against the Centre’s recently enacted three farm laws, were escorted by police personnel as they started entering the city around 3 pm.
Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal said: “The farmers were allowed entry into Delhi following talks between the authorities and union leaders. We appeal the farmers to maintain peace.”
Meanwhile, appealing to farmers to end their agitation, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said the government was ready to discuss all issues with them.
Earlier carrying flags and shouting slogans, thousands of farmers gathered at various entry points to the Capital in a determined bid to push their way through as part of their march.
Clashes broke out at multiple places and Delhi’s borders resembled a virtual battle zone with restless crowds of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, milling around and a sea of police personnel keeping them at bay. Drones circled the air and smoke from teargas shells could be seen from far.
Raising anti-government slogans and chanting “kisan ekta zindabad” and “Waheguruji da Khalsa, Waheguruji di Fateh”, farmers in huge numbers sat at the borders, beating “daflis”. The Delhi Police used tear gas at Singhu border to disperse protesting farmers. The latter pelted the cops with stones and broke barricades. The police resorted to lathicharge for a brief time to control protesters who broke barricades. They also used multiple rounds of tear gas to disperse the protesters. Three petrol pumps were temporarily closed as a precautionary measure.