Police have resorted to use of water cannons to disperse farmers gathered near Chandigarh-Delhi Highway, who are on their way to Delhi for staging a demonstration.
Police depolyed water cannons to disperse farmers gathered near Chandigarh-Delhi Highway on Wednesday, who are on their way to Delhi for staging a demonstration between Thursday and Friday.
The Delhi Police asserted on Wednesday that it has rejected all requests received from various farmer organisations to protest in the National Capital against the central government’s new farm laws.
Hundreds of farmers from Punjab started gathering near the interstate borders along Haryana on Wednesday morning that has restricted their movement towards Capital Delhi for their ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest against the three farm laws.
As a preventive step, neighbouring BJP-ruled Haryana has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent assembly of protesters. Also, the police had taken nearly 100 farmer leaders from the state into “preventive custody”. According to the police, around 2,00,000 farmers from Punjab are likely to leave for Delhi as part of their ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation.
The protesting farmers have threatened to block all roads to Delhi if they were denied permission to travel towards Delhi. The Delhi Police, however, has asked the farmers not to enter Delhi as they do not have permission to protest in the city.
The Haryana Police, too, has issued a travel advisory, asking commuters to avoid certain national highways along the state border with Punjab and Delhi for three days, starting Wednesday, in the wake of the protest.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh and various factions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union have joined hands and formed a ‘Samyukta Kisan Morcha’ to press the central government to scrap the three farm laws. The protest has the support of over 500 farmer organisations. A seven-member committee has also been formed to coordinate the operations of the Morcha.
Farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates. They have been demanding that the laws be repealed.