Farmers who traveled to Delhi in protest against the central agricultural laws were finally allowed to enter the national capital and protest in a peaceful manner at Nirankari Ground in Burari. The decision was taken by the central government after a violent clash between police and farmers on the Delhi-Haryana border. The farmers, however, sought permission to hold a demonstration at the Ramlila ground, which the government refused to give.
Earlier, thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana gathered at the Singhu and Tikri borders under the ‘Delhi Chalo’ March. Delhi Police had deployed a large number of soldiers along the Haryana border to prevent the farmers from entering Delhi. Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the farmers on the Singhu border. Angry farmers threw stones at the police and broke barricades. At the same time, there was a clash between the police and the farmers on the Tiki border. The farmers tried to remove the trucks standing there as a blocker by tying them to the tractor with chains.
After the protest turned violent, Home Ministry officials spoke to the farmer leaders. After this, Delhi Police PRO Ish Singhal said, after discussing with the farmer leaders, the agitating farmers have been allowed to hold a peaceful demonstration at Nirankari Ground in Burari. After this, the farmers were taken to Nirankari Ground from the Tiki border at around three in the afternoon. However, farmers stayed on till late evening on the Singhu border.
In view of the protest by the Delhi Police, the Delhi government had sought permission to make the nine stadiums a temporary jail, so that the farmers could be kept there. However, the Arvind Kejriwal government refused to allow it. In a letter to the police, Home Minister Satyendra Jain said, “Peaceful protest is the constitutional right of every citizen and they cannot be put in jail for this.”
The Delhi Metro closed six stations on the Green Line due to the farmers march. However, service was restored at all stations in the evening. DMRC says service will return to normal from Saturday. Earlier, the entry and exit gates of Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Bahadurgarh City, Pandit Shriram Sharma, Tiki Border, Tikri Kalan and Ghevra stations on the Green Line have been closed.
Earlier, Metro had said that on Friday, metro services will be available only from Delhi towards NCR. Services from Delhi will not be available from NCR stations. At the same time, due to the protest, many areas of Delhi were jammed. In protest against the agricultural laws, farmers in many places in Uttar Pradesh duked. In Muzaffarnagar, farmers blocked the Delhi-Dehradun highway. Bharatiya Kisan Union activists also demonstrated in Bijnor, Shamli, Baghpat, Saharanpur.
In Moradabad too, farmers blocked the Delhi Highway. Rakesh Tikait, the national spokesperson of Bhakiyoo, who is traveling to Delhi, and the police tried to stop Meerut before, but they did not stop. Bakiu leader Dharmendra Malik said, “Farmers will stop at Meerut Silaya toll plaza at night.” At 10 am on Saturday, the farmers’ batch will leave for Delhi.