Delhi Police, CRPF Jawans Deployed To Halt Farmers’ Protest March In Delhi; Watch
On November 26, farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab assembled at the Haryana border for their ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march.
On Thursday morning, that is November 26, tension mounted at Delhi-Haryana and Haryana-Punjab borders when thousands of farmers gathered at various entry points to march towards New Delhi. In the morning, cemented barricades and cranes were seen at Delhi’s Badarpur border to halt the farmers’ protest march. Along with Delhi Police personnel, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans have been deployed at the Badarpur border. Farmer organisations from different parts of the country, including Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, have called for ‘Delhi Chalo’ march on November 26 against three agricultural laws passed by Parliament in the month of September.
Delhi Police in a tweet on Wednesday said, “All the requests received from various Farmer Organisations regarding the protest in Delhi on 26 and 27 November have been rejected and this has already been communicated to the organizers”. On the other hand, the Haryana government also decided to seal all of its borders with Punjab for Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC have also been imposed in several parts of the state. It is said that several farmer leaders were also taken into custody by Haryana Police on Tuesday. Coming back to Delhi, it was announced that the Metro services will also be regulated till 2 pm on Thursday afternoon in light of the “Delhi Chalo” call issued by farmers. The decision for the same was taken at the request of the Delhi Police.
Talking about the three bills passed in Parliament, they are the Farmers’ and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020. While the farmers’ concern is that these ‘draconian’ laws would lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the ‘mercy’ of corporate houses, several opposition parties have termed these legislations as anti-farmer.
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