Farmers Protest Updates: Farmers Allowed To Enter Delhi And Protests In Burari
A farm worker cuts rice with a sickle during a crop harvest. (Photographer: Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg)

Farmers Protest Updates: Farmers Allowed To Enter Delhi And Protests In Burari

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SP Leader Urges People To Support Farmers

Senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Govind Chaudhary on Saturday condemned the BJP for the treatment meted out to farmers during their march to Delhi and urged people to support them in their fight against the Centre's farm laws.

Chaudhary, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly, in a statement said farmers have been treated as enemies by the government, which is shameful and needed to be condemned.

He urged intellectuals, students, employees, labourers, and others to come forward and extend their support to farmers in their struggle.

This government is gradually handing over everything to corporate houses and has brought black laws on agriculture, Chaudhary alleged.

Farmers Allowed To Enter Delhi

Agitating farmers have been allowed to enter Delhi and hold protests after an elongated standoff between the police forces and protestors at the Haryana border.

“We have been allowed safe passage to Delhi,” said Krantikari Kisan Union president Darshan Pal. He said that officials of the Union home ministry had allowed them a place at Burari in Delhi to hold agitation.

The farmers will be allowed to hold peaceful protests at thje Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area, the Delhi Police Commissioner said, according to ANI.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh welcomed the decision and urged the central government to hold immediate talks with the farmers and resolve their concerns.

AAP Government Refuses To Let Delhi Police Use Stadiums As Temporary Jails

The AAP government on Friday denied permission to the Delhi Police to convert the city's stadiums into temporary jails as farmers continued to push towards the national capital on their 'Delhi Chalo' march against the Centre's farm laws.

The Delhi Police used tear gas at the Singhu and Tikri borders to disperse protesting farmers as they tried to enter the national capital on Friday morning. While rejecting the Delhi Police's request, Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said that every Indian citizen has the constitutional right to protest peacefully for which they cannot be put in jails.

In a letter to the principal home secretary, Jain said that the central government should accept the demands of the protesters, adding that putting farmers in jails is not the solution.

Delhi Police Seeks AAP Government’s Nod To Use Stadiums As Temporary Jails

The Delhi Police have sought permission from the Aam Aadmi Party government to use the city's nine stadiums as temporary jails due to the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' march, government sources told PTI.

On Friday morning, the Delhi Police used tear gas at the Singhu Border to disperse protesting farmers who are heading towards the national capital as part of the march to protest the Centre's new farm laws.

There is a heavy police deployment of security personnel with sand-laden trucks and water cannons stationed, usage of barbed wire for fencing at the Singhu Border to prevent the protesters from entering the city.

Police said they will not allow the agitating farmers to enter Delhi.

Farmers' March Reaches Delhi's Borders

Despite heavy security deployment, groups of farmers from Punjab managed to reach near two Delhi borders on Friday morning after breaking police barricades in Haryana as part of their protest march against the Centre's farm laws.

The Delhi Police had on Thursday enhanced deployment of security personnel, stationed sand-laden trucks and water cannons and used barbed wire for fencing at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) to prevent the protesters from entering the city. Police were also deployed on Delhi's border with Faridabad and Gurgaon.

However, two groups of farmers reached near the Singhu and Tikri borders as Delhi Police fired tear gas shells at them to prevent them from entering the city.

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