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Delhi Chalo: Protesting Farmers Breach Police Barricades,Face Water Cannons In Haryana
A section of farmers are already marching towards Sonipat, where they will stay overnight and leave for Delhi tomorrow morning.
Delhi Chalo: Protesting Farmers Breach Police Barricades, Face Water Cannons In Haryana
New Delhi: On Wednesday morning hundreds of farmers from Punjab started gathering on the interstate borders along Haryana that hs restricted their movement towards the national capital Delhi for their "Delhi Chalo" protest against the three central farm laws.
The neighboring BJP-ruled Haryana as a preventive step has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent the assembly of the protesters
The police have taken nearly 100 farmer leaders from the state into "preventive custody".After crossing the barricades at Ambala, hundreds of the farmers faced water cannons at Kurukshetra.
The dramatic visuals from the spot showed massive jets of water being fired at the huge crowd on the highway barricaded by the police. People drenched in the cold winter evening, ran helter-sklter. They are now marching through Kurukshetra on the way to Karnal.
Massive security arrangement has been made at the Delhi-Haryana border at Gurugrm. The build-up is the heaviest on the Haryana side,Delhi Police have also gathered at the spot, determined not to let the protesters in.
The Delhi Police earlier had rejected all the request from the farmers' organisation from six states Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala & Punjab -- to hold a protest in Delhi against te farm laws and said that they would take legal action against the violators. The police had cited the law banning gathering in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
The BJP-ruled Haryana too had refused to allow the protesting farmers to pass.The Haryana Police over the last two days have been issuing traffic advisory warning commuters about the series of blockades at Ambala, Bhiwani, Karnal, Bahadurgarh, Jhajjar, and Sonipat
The march to Delhi was called as Punjab farmers called off their week-long rail blockade for 15 days to allow the entry of essential items.
On December 3 the Centre has called farmers who want a repeal of the farm law for the second round of negotiations.
Today in a series of tweets, Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal registered his protest. "By stopping Punjabi farmers from peacefully exercising democratic rights, Center is repeating 1980 when the Akalis were stopped from entering Delhi to protest. Painful history must not be forced to repeat itself," his post read
"PMO must intervene to ensure that this is stopped immediately and the Annadatas are not harassed and humiliated or stopped from reaching Delhi. The nation owes eternal debt to Kisans and Jawans," a second post read.
The farmers for nearly three months have been up against laws which the Centre has called "historic reforms" in the farm sector.