The massive farmers' protest march from Punjab to Delhi kept the Haryana and Delhi police forces on their toes on Thursday. As Delhi Police at the Haryana border geared up to restrict the possible entry of farmers into the capital, their counterparts in Haryana were also tested as thousands of farmers, some armed with sticks and swords, flung barricades into a river, threw bricks at cops and physically pushed vehicles as they were stopped by Haryana Police on their way to protest in Delhi.
The farmers at Punjab-Haryana border were seen toppling barricades into a river and throwing bricks and stones as they clashed with the police. The protesters were also seen removing heavy barricades from their way as they braved tear gas shells and water cannons.
The Delhi Police started the preparations early and at Singhu border the police were seen putting up barbed wire and boulder barricades to stop farmers' trolleys heading towards Delhi. In innovative tactics deployed by Delhi Police, the force also stationed trolleys filled with mud and sand to put up some weight on the roads in an effort to block the march of protesting farmers who are protesting against the Centre's controversial farm laws.
Drones were also deployed to check the farmers' march from a distance as senior police officers themselves kept vigil at the border areas.
"We are in constant touch with Haryana Police and every development is communicated to stop the march of farmers towards Delhi. We will take legal action if the farmers try to enter the capital," said Ingit Pratap Singh, DCP, South West Delhi. Tight vigil was seen at Singhu border, Faridabad border, Gurugram and also borders adjoining western Uttar Pradesh at Chilla border, DND and Ghazipur.
Not just highways, small lanes and roads were also blocked by Delhi Police to rule out the possibility of the farmers sneaking into the capital.
Due to the security checks in view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest march, heavy traffic congestion was witnessed at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border), Delhi-Gurugram border and Kalindi Kunj near Delhi-Noida border on Thursday. Delhi Metro services from NCR stations towards Delhi will remain suspended on Friday as well.
"As advised by Delhi Police, Metro services will be available only from Delhi towards the NCR sections. However, services from the NCR stations towards Delhi will not be available due to security reasons till further notice," DMRC tweeted. A group of student activists from JNU, DU and AISA who went to join the farmers' protest at Jantar Mantar were also detained by the police on Thursday.
Some 500 farmers' organisations from six states - Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Kerala - have been planning the November 26-27 march for two months to press the central government to repeal the recently-enacted farm laws.
Farmers protest | Highlights
6:43 PM: Why the govt is stopping farmers? Captain Amarinder Singh asks
The farmers here are agitating against the bills that they (Centre) have brought. You can't stop a person going to your capital city where Parliament is and expressing their views. Why are you stopping them? Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh
5:54 PM: Security increased further in Karnal
Police use water cannon & tear-gas shells in Karnal to disperse farmers from Punjab heading towards Delhi. Security increased further at Delhi-Karnal Highway as farmers intensify their protest by trying to break through barricades & move towards Delhi.
#WATCH Haryana: Police use water cannon & tear-gas shells in Karnal to disperse farmers from Punjab heading towards Delhi.— ANI (@ANI) November 26, 2020
Security increased further at Delhi-Karnal Highway as farmers intensify their protest by trying to break through barricades & move towards Delhi. pic.twitter.com/5xyCelzRWc
5:32 PM: Metro services to be available only for NCR stations
As advised by Delhi Police, Metro services will be available only from Delhi towards the NCR sections. However, services from the NCR stations towards Delhi will not be available due to security reasons till further notice.
5:13 PM: Today is Punjab's 26/11
"Today is Punjab’s 26/11. We are witnessing end of right to democratic protest. Akali Dal condemns Haryana govt & Centre for choosing to repress peaceful farmer movement. Battle for Punjab farmers' rights can't be throttled by using water cannons against them," tweets SAD Chief.
SAD Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal says Haryana farmers should support Punjab farmers, slams Amarinder Singh
4:50 PM: Farmers don't want to begin their campaign under any political flag. Farmers of all parties stand united on this (Farm Laws) issue. Captain Amarinder Singh played the most bungling role as he didn't protest at all. A CM's pressure on Centre matters a lot. If CM wants, he can resolve a lot of things. Captain Amarinder Singh should have put pressure by going to Delhi and holding a meeting with Centre. Also, I want to appeal farmers of Haryana that they should support Punjab farmers, says Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.
4:10 PM: Security tightened at Delhi-Haryana border
Security tightened & barricading being done at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) in view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' call.
Delhi: Security tightened & barricading being done at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) in view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' call. pic.twitter.com/Gxuv5pQt8p— ANI (@ANI) November 26, 2020
2:30 PM: Heavy traffic at Delhi-Noida border
Traffic heavy at Kalindi Kunj near Delhi-Noida border due to checking of vehicles, in view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest march.
Delhi: Traffic heavy at Kalindi Kunj near Delhi-Noida border due to checking of vehicles, in view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest march pic.twitter.com/AoiiFddjlT— ANI (@ANI) November 26, 2020
2:20 PM: Tight security in Delhi in view of farmers' march
Heavy security deployed and drones being used for surveillance at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) in view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' call.
Delhi: Heavy security deployed & drones being used for surveillance at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) in view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' call.— ANI (@ANI) November 26, 2020
DCP says, “No farmer groups are moving in this direction. Same information was shared by my counterparts. We're checking vehicles.” pic.twitter.com/4PnIt072LA
2 PM: Read to hold talks with farmers, says Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar
Farmers Protest LIVE: Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday said that the government is ready to hold talks with farmers bodies. He asked the farmers not to fall prey to the misinformation being spread by the opposition. He said that the three agriculture laws are in the interest of farmers.
1:45 PM: Amarinder slams Khattar govt for stopping farmers marching towards Delhi
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday lashed out at the BJP-led government in Haryana for stopping farmers from moving towards Delhi, saying the use of "brute force" against them is “totally undemocratic and unconstitutional”. Haryana has completely sealed its borders with Punjab to prevent farmers from entering the state for their 'Delhi Chalo' protest march against the Centre's farm laws. “Why is @mlkhattar govt in Haryana stopping the farmers from moving to Delhi? The tyrannical use of brute force against peacefully protesting farmers is totally undemocratic & unconstitutional,” said Singh in a tweet.
1 AM: Farmers protest: Vigil stepped up in bordering areas of Delhi
The Delhi Police on Thursday strengthened its presence in border areas of the national capital in view of the 'Delhi chalo' protest march by farmers against the Centre's new farm laws. At the Singhu border, the Delhi Police stationed trucks filled with sand to stop movement of tractors driven by farmers, police said. This is the first time that the city police has stationed trucks filled with sand at border points. Police said the border has not been sealed but they are checking all vehicles entering the national capital.
Farmers Protest LIVE: Massive traffic jam on Delhi-Chandigarh highway due to farmers' protest
Massive traffic jam on Delhi-Chandigarh highway due to farmers' protest in Haryana. The Haryana government has already sealed the Punjab border to block protestorts from entering the state.
11:55 AM: Haryana Police use tear gas to disperse Punjab farmers at Shambhu border
Security personnel use fire tear gas shells to disperse a crowd of farmers gathered at the Shambhu border between Haryana and Punjab, to protest the farm laws
11:40 AM: Priyanka Vadra questions police action against farmers
Farmers protest in Delhi: Senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said it is absolutely wrong that farmers are being prevented from holding peaceful demonstrations against the Centre's new farm laws.
किसानों से समर्थन मूल्य छीनने वाले कानून के विरोध में किसान की आवाज सुनने की बजाय भाजपा सरकार उन पर भारी ठंड में पानी की बौछार मारती है।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) November 26, 2020
किसानों से सबकुछ छीना जा रहा है और पूंजीपतियों को थाल में सजा कर बैंक, कर्जमाफी, एयरपोर्ट रेलवे स्टेशन बांटे जा रहे हैं। #FarmersProtest pic.twitter.com/al8dG8ZZhi
11:25 AM: Tight security at Rohtak-Jhajjar border
The Haryana government has deployed security officials at the Rohtak-Jhajjar border in view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest march.
Rohtak: Security deployed at Rohtak-Jhajjar border, in view of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest march pic.twitter.com/rrJltpWq8h— ANI (@ANI) November 26, 2020
Haryana farmers break police barricades
11 AM: Bharat Bandh: Operations at PSU banks partially hit due to trade union strike
Banking operations in public sector banks across the country were partially affected on Thursday as some bank unions joined the one-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions. Cash transaction including deposits and withdrawal at branches, forex and government transactions have been impacted in many public sector banks where participating unions are strong. However, State Bank of India and private sector banks are functional.
10:50 AM: Bharat Bandh: Trade union strike partially affects normal life in WB
Normal life was partially affected in parts of West Bengal on Thursday due to the nationwide strike called by several trade unions in protest against the Centre's economic policies. The 24-hour bandh called by a joint committee of the central trade unions began at 6 am. Bandh supporters, mostly activists of CPI(M)-affiliated outfits like CITU and DYFI, brought out rallies in Jadavpur, Garia, Kamalgazi, Lake Town and Dumdum areas in and around Kolkata, disrupting vehicular movement and asking shopkeepers to pull down the shutters of their establishments
10:40 AM: Farmers protest LIVE: Water cannon used to disperse farmers at Shambhu border
Police use water cannon to disperse farmers gathered at Shambhu border, near Ambala (Haryana), to proceed to Delhi to stage a demonstration against the farm laws
10 AM: CM Kejriwal slams Modi govt
Farmers protest Live: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that instead of withdrawing the farm bills (now laws), farmers are being prevented from holding peaceful demonstration, water cannon being used on them. "Holding peaceful demonstration is a constitutional right," he tweeted.
9:16 am: Bus services affected, markets closed in Kochi
Bus services affected, markets closed in Kochi as trade unions have called for a nationwide strike against Centre's new labour and farm laws
8:42 am: Heavy deployment of police personnel on the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border). Police also use drones to monitor situation.
Delhi: Heavy deployment of police personnel on the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) in the anticipation of farmer's 'Delhi-Chalo' protests. Police also use drones to monitor situation pic.twitter.com/ev8Q2pDln7— ANI (@ANI) November 26, 2020
8:35 am: Railway track blocked at Belgharia station in North 24 parganas
The members of Left trade union block railway track at Belgharia station in North 24 Parganas (Pics 1&2) and hold a demonstration in Kolkata (Pics 3&4), during a nationwide strike against Centre's new labour and farm laws
8: 20 am: Security heightened at Delhi-Faridabad border
Faridabad Police say, "We've clear instructions to not let any members of Bharatiya Kisan Union enter Delhi today and tomorrow. Police teams deployed at all important entry points."