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Farmers from Punjab and Haryana reached near two Delhi borders

November 27, 2020 01:32 PM

- Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday urged the Centre to immediately initiate talks with the Kisan Unions

New Delhi/Chandigarh, November 27

Punjab and Haryana reached near two Delhi borders on Friday morning after breaking police barricades on the way as part of their protest march against the Centre's new farm laws.

The Delhi Police has enhanced deployment of tear gas, 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.

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.

The Delhi Police used tear gas shells to disperse a group of farmers who had reached the Singhu border, while at the Tigri border security personnel used water cannons to disperse farmers trying to enter the national capital.

Plumes of smoke were seen as security personnel used multiple rounds of tear gas to disperse the protesting farmers at the Singhu border.

At the Tigri border, farmers clashed with police and also tried to remove a truck, which was placed as a barricade, by tying it to a tractor with the help of a chain.

Multi-layer barricading was in place at the Singhu border --- a direct route from Punjab to Delhi --- to prevent farmers from entering the national capital.

Drones are also being used by security personnel to keep a strict vigil on the movement of protestors in bordering areas.

Hundreds of farmers staged a dharna at Tikri border in Delhi and decided to wait for other farmers before entering the national capital.

A major traffic jam occurred at the Gurugram-Delhi border due to the barricade's put up by the Delhi police. Tribune photo/Chandan Sukh

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday urged the Centre to immediately initiate talks with the Kisan Unions to defuse the situation triggered by Haryana's attempts to forcibly stop farmers from marching to Delhi.

"The voice of farmers cannot be muzzled indefinitely. The Centre should immediately initiate talks with Kisan Union leaders to defuse the tense situation at the Delhi borders. Why wait till December 3 when the situation is getting out of hand now?" the Chief Minister asked.
- Agencies

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