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Delhi Police, CRPF deployed to halt farmers’ protest march; metro services to be affected

Farmer groups from Punjab and Haryana have issued a call for “Delhi Chalo” on November 26 and November 27 to protest against the central government’s three new farm laws. Delhi Police has denied permission for the protest march.
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and a few other states are slated to reach Delhi on Thursday to demonstrate against the Centre’s new farm laws. A call for “Delhi Chalo” was issued in this regard by various farmer groups and led to prohibitory orders being put in place by the Haryana government and the Delhi Police.
On Thursday morning, cemented barricades and cranes were seen at Delhi’s Badarpur border to halt the farmers’ protest march. Along with Delhi Police personnel, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans have also been deployed at the Badarpur border.
“All the requests received from various Farmer Organisations regarding protest in Delhi on 26 and 27 November have been rejected and this has already been communicated to the organizers,” Delhi Police said in a tweet on Wednesday.
The Haryana government, on the other hand, decided to seal all of its borders with Punjab for Thursday and Friday. In addition, Haryana Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma said bus services from the state to Punjab have also been suspended for the next two days in light of the farmers’ protest march.
Delhi Metro services will also be regulated till 2 pm Thursday afternoon in light of the “Delhi Chalo” call issued by farmers. The decision for the same was taken at the request of the Delhi Police, the DMRC said.
On Wednesday, the Haryana Police used water cannons against farmers of the state marching towards Delhi on the national highway in Ambala and Kurukshetra. Several farmer groups also blocked roads and highways on their way to Delhi.
Hundreds, if not thousands of farmers were seen on the Punjab side of the inter-state border with Haryana along with their tractor trolleys on Wednesday.

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