Ahead of the “Delhi chalo” protest march by farmers against the Centre’s contentious farm laws , Delhi Metro services from neighbouring cities to the national capital will remain suspended on Friday, DMRC announced. However, metro services will be available from Delhi towards the NCR sections.
Thousands of Punjab farmers protesting against the contentious farm laws as part of their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march have entered Haryana. Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the farmers who broke barricades, throwing some into the river at the state’s border with Haryana. Two government and a private vehicle was also vandalized on the Jind-Patiala highway.
Farmers are marching towards the national capital in tractors. The Delhi Police has strengthened its presence in border areas of the national capital in view of the protest march. At the Singhu border, the Police stationed trucks filled with sand to stop movement of tractors driven by farmers.
A while back, Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday slammed the Haryana government for trying to thwart farmers ‘ ‘Delhi Chalo’ march, terming the attempt as “Punjab’s 26/11”. “Today is Punjab’s 26/11. We are witnessing the end of the right to democratic protest. @Akali_Dal condemns the Haryana govt & Centre for choosing to repress the peaceful farmer movement,” said Badal in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh entered into a war of words on twitter over the farmers protest. While Singh slammed Khattar for stopping farmers from moving towards the national capital, terming it as “totally undemocratic and unconstitutional”, the latter told the Punjab chief minister to stop “inciting innocent farmers”.