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Farmers lay siege on Haryana highway on way to Delhi, defy teargas, water cannons - Top Points

Tens of thousands of farmers from Punjab on Thursday faced water cannons and broke police barriers at the state's border with Haryana, pushing towards the national capital on their "Delhi Chalo" march against the Centre's farm laws.

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New Delhi Updated on: November 26, 2020 23:14 IST
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Farmers on Delhi march defy water cannons, teargas in Haryana; lay siege on highway

Tens of thousands of farmers from Punjab on Thursday faced water cannons and broke police barriers at the state's border with Haryana, pushing towards the national capital on their "Delhi Chalo" march against the Centre's farm laws. At several points, farmers and police were locked in a face-off. The protests caused traffic snarls during the day at Delhi's border with police checking vehicles coming in from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, metro services between Delhi and NCR areas were suspended. The farmers are demanding the repeal of the new laws which deregulate the sale of agriculture produce. They say the laws will lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system.

READ MORE: Farmers brave water cannons, tear gas as they inch towards Delhi

DELHI CHALO DAY-1: Top points

  • For a couple of hours in the morning, police and farmers in their tractor-trolleys were engaged in a confrontation at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border. Even as police made announcements on loudspeakers asking the farmers to disperse, the protesters tried to push through barricades. The Haryana Police used water cannons and lobbed teargas shells to disperse the protesters. Meanwhile, farmers chucked some steel barricades into the Ghaggar river from the bridge where they had been stopped. India Tv - delhi chalo protest, farmers protest, farmers delhi march, chalo delhi, chalo delhi, water cannons t
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    The protests caused traffic snarls during the day at Delhi's border with police checking vehicles coming in from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

  • There were also face-offs between the protesters and police in Haryana's Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Fatehabad and Jind districts bordering Congress-run Punjab. In order to stop the farmers' tractor-trolleys, police had placed cement and steel barricades and parked trucks on the road. Some of them were laden with food for the planned two-day protest. A few hours later, the farmers were let through at most border points. 
  • At Shambhu, a few protesters initially managed to cross the barricades on foot. Later, police eased the blockade, allowing the tractors to proceed on the road to Delhi, 200 km away. But barricades were also set up at other points on this Amritsar-Delhi highway that passes through BJP-run Haryana. At Karnal, there was another face-off and police again used a water cannon.
  • By afternoon, several groups of protesters – from Punjab and Haryana – were travelling towards Delhi on tractor-trolleys. Police diverted private vehicles and long lines of trucks were parked on the road.
  • Police used water cannons also against protesters trying to enter Kaithal district, and at Khanauri border where farmers were protesting under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugarhan). India Tv - delhi chalo protest, farmers protest, farmers delhi march, chalo delhi, chalo delhi, water cannons t
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    During their halt Thursday night at Panipat toll plaza, farmers had their meals. 

  • Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among the opposition leaders who slammed the Haryana Police action at Shambhu.
  • Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar exchanged words over Twitter. The Congress veteran asked Khattar why his government was stopping farmers, and the BJP leader told him to stop “inciting” them. Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal too criticised attempts to thwart the protest. “Today is Punjab's 26/11. We are witnessing the end of the right to democratic protest,” he tweeted.
  • The Haryana Police said they acted with restraint and nobody was seriously hurt during the day. No farmer was arrested, they said. India Tv - delhi chalo protest, farmers protest, farmers delhi march, chalo delhi, chalo delhi, water cannons t
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    Farmers who gathered in large numbers took a halt at Panipat toll plaza Thursday night. They will move towards Delhi Friday morning. 

  • Ahead of the protest, Haryana had announced sealing its borders with Punjab to prevent farmers from entering the state on their way to Delhi. The Delhi Police had also made clear that they had denied permission to the farmer organisations planning to protest in the capital on November 26 and 27.
  • In Gurgaon, Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav and a group of protesters were detained by police while they were on their way to Delhi. In Delhi, commuters from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh complained of traffic jams due to police checks. "I had to go to Noida regarding a case in the morning. While I was returning from there in the evening, there was heavy traffic at Delhi-Noida border," advocate Rohit Tomar said, "Police personnel were checking vehicles. I was stuck there for almost half an hour," he said. India Tv - delhi chalo protest, farmers protest, farmers delhi march, chalo delhi, chalo delhi, water cannons t
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    Farmer bodies said they will hold a dharna wherever they are stopped from moving towards the national capital. 

  • At Singhu, on Haryana’s border with the capital, the Delhi police had stationed five sand-laden trucks to stop tractor-trolleys. Drones too were deployed. While clarifying that Delhi’s borders had not been sealed, officials said all pickets were active and vehicles entering the city were being checked.
  • Police were also deployed on Delhi’s border with Faridabad and Gurgaon.
  • Punjab farmers, representing over 30 farm bodies, had announced they will go to Delhi through several routes -- Lalru, Shambhu, Patiala-Pehowa, Patran-Khanauri, Moonak-Tohana, Ratia-Fatehabad and Talwandi-Sirsa.
  • Farmer bodies said they will hold a dharna wherever they are stopped from moving towards the national capital. BKU (Ekta-Ugarhan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan had claimed 25,000 women will participate and over 4,000 tractor-trailers were arranged for the protest. (With PTI inputs)

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