Farmers from Punjab, who are protesting against the three contentious agricultural laws passed by the Centre in September, on Friday resumed their march to Delhi as a part of their ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest. On Thursday, the protesting farmers were able to cross into neighbouring Haryana despite violent clashes with the Haryana Police. The police’s action sparked a war of words between the two states.
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With Haryana-Delhi border completely sealed, the farmers once again faced resistance in their attempt to reach the national capital. The farmers, though, say they have enough ration and other essential items with them and will sit on ‘dharna’ wherever they are stopped by the police. The Delhi Police had already turned down two separate requests by the farmers to protest in the city, citing the Covid-19 regulations in place here.
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Earlier, thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana gathered at Panipat on Friday and jointly resumed their march to the national capital on the ‘Dilli Chalo’ call given by farm unions for an indefinite protest against the farm laws.
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Even as the Singhu border near outer Delhi’s Narela has remained closed for traffic since Thursday evening because of the farmers’ march, on Friday morning police also closed the Tikri border that leads from Delhi to Bahadurgarh.
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Here are the latest updates from day 2 of the ‘Dilli Chalo’ march:
10:21 am: Delhi Police seeks Delhi govt’s permission to convert nine stadiums into temporary prisons
10:15 am: Entry & exit gates of Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Bahadurgarh City, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Tikri Border, Tikri Kalan and Ghevra stations on Green Line are now closed, tweets Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
10:04 am: Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) prepare in Amritsar for their tractor rally towards Delhi
9:54 am: After Singhu border, Delhi Police close the Tikri border that leads from Delhi to Haryana’s Bahadurgarh.
9:43 am: Traffic jam at Delhi-Gurugram border, CISF personnel deployed at border
9:41 am: Commuters headed to Delhi from other states stuck on Delhi-Panipat highway due to road blockade
9:36am: No matter what, we’ll proceed to Delhi with ration for six months, say protesting farmers in Panipat
9:16 am: Vehicles are not allowed towards Singhu Border, interstate vehicles may take Western/Eastern Perpipheral Expressway, says Delhi Police
9:10 am: Earlier today, a farmer, who was a part of a group headed towards Delhi, after a truck hit the tractor -trolley at Mundhal in Bhiwani
9:10 am: Police fire tear gas shells at protesting farmers at Haryana-Delhi Singhu border
8.50am: Earlier, farmers gathered at Rohtak-Jhajjar border in Haryana to resume their ‘Dilli Chalo’ anti farm-laws march
8.45am: Heavy contingent of security personnel deployed at Singhu border between Haryana and Delhi