Many farmers from various states are expected to reach Delhi today in order to demonstrate against the government’s new farm laws. Farmers march comprise participants from six states – Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Kerala, and Punjab. The national capital will witness a march today and tomorrow.
On Thursday, thousands of protesting farmers gathered at various places across the Haryana borders in Punjab as tensions built up. the Haryana Police stopped them while they were moving towards the national capital for their ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest against the three farm laws enacted by the Central government.
Many farmer organisations called for their memers to be a part of ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest.
On Wednesday, Delhi Police stated that it has rejected all the requests received from many farmer organisations to protest on November 26 and 27 in Delhi against the Centre’s new farm laws. On Tuesday, the police had said that they would not mind taking legal action against the protesting farmers if they come to the national capital for any gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the incident, Delhi metro services to and from the National Capital Region (NCR) will be curtailed on Thursday till 2 pm. On Wednesday, The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation tweeted that the decision is being taken as the police requested them to do it to avoid overcrowding because of the farmers’ march.
In view of the farmers’ protest, CRPF and extra police force has been deployed at Delhi-Haryana border. Security forces have also been deployed near Karna lake in Karnal.
Sub-Inspector Prithviraj Meena told ANI that they are checking every vehicle passing from Delhi-Faridabad border. Home Guard jawans are also present there. Senior officers are closely following the situation. They are prepared to deal with any situation.
Haryana government has also decided to seal their borders with Punjab and Delhi for today and tomorrow. Haryana police officials said that they cannot permit the movement of such a large number of people towards the national capital because of COVID-19 restrictions. The Haryana authorities have also passed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC in many parts of the state to avoid the assembly of protesters.