Delhi Police allows entry to farmers, gives permission for agitation in Burari


Several thousand farmers from Punjab and Haryana have started reaching the borders of Delhi since this morning.

Farmers from some northern Indian states, especially the key agrarian state of Punjab, have been making their way to the capital for the past week, braving tear gas, as well as water canon, and overcoming other obstacles that the authorities in Haryana, a state that borders Delhi, deployed on their route.

"We have been allowed safe passage to Delhi", claimed Krantikari Kisan Union president Darshan Pal.

Chandigarh Transport Undertaking too, meanwhile on Wednesday evening, suspended its bus services to Haryana for the next two days amid the farmers "Delhi Chalo" call. It had resulted in skirmishes on the border after police started using water cannons and tear-gas on farmer groups.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh urged the federal government to defuse the tension at the border and initiate talks with leaders of the farmers.

In Jhansi, farmers held protests in Mauranipur and Moth tehsils, where they accused the government of working against their interests.

Responding to this development, Kavita Kuruganti of the AIKSCC said in a press statement - "We condemn this attitude of Delhi Police and the language being used by the Government of India with regard to farmers".

Delhi Metro closed down many central Delhi stations on Thursday and threatened to do so the same on Friday on orders of Delhi Police.

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It further requested commuters to avoid Mukraba Chowk Delhi as there is diversion and vehicles are not being allowed towards Singhu border. "How did the Delhi Police arrest activists who are less than 200 in numbers there", asked a AIKSCC functionary and a farmer leader from Madhya Pradesh, Sunilam.

Police said that a large group of farmers gathered on GT Road near Mohra village in Ambala allegedly jumped over the barricade following which they fired water cannon on them.

The agitating farmers also used a tractor to remove a truck placed as a barricade to stop them from entering Delhi. Delhi Traffic Police has said that inter-state vehicles may take Western/Eastern peripheral expressways.

Opposition parties and some Modi allies have called the laws anti-farmer and pro-corporation.

As protests by farmers against three newly passed laws entered its second day, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday asked them to put off their agitation and promised talks on December 3. However, metro services will be available from Delhi towards the NCR sections.

The Delhi Police has also sought permission from the AAP government to use the city's nine stadiums as temporary jails in view of the protest, government sources said.

Farmers' bodies said they will hold a dharna wherever they are stopped from moving towards the national capital.