Farmers Break Barricades and Pelt Stones at Shambhu Border
On Tuesday morning, thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana began their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march to press for their demands, including the enactment of a law to guarantee a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops. However, they faced stiff resistance from the Haryana Police, who had set up multiple barricades and deployed tear gas shells, water cannons, and drones to stop them at the Shambhu border near Ambala.
The farmers, who were part of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha, refused to back down and tried to break the barricades and cross the Ghaggar river bridge. Some of them also pelted stones at the police personnel, who retaliated by lobbing tear gas shells, including through drones. The situation turned tense as the farmers and the police clashed for several hours.
The farmers claimed that they had the right to peacefully protest in the national capital and demanded that the Haryana government should not obstruct their march. They also accused the police of using excessive force and violating their human rights. The farmers said that they were not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting with two Union ministers on Monday, where their demands, such as the repeal of the three farm laws and the legal guarantee of MSP, were not met.
Haryana Government Defends Its Actions, Says It Is Maintaining Law and Order
The Haryana government, on the other hand, defended its actions and said that it was maintaining law and order in the state. It said that it had imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, which prohibits the assembly of more than four people, in several districts to prevent any untoward incident. It also said that it had advised the farmers to avoid the Delhi route and take alternative routes to reach their destination.
The Haryana government said that it was not against the farmers’ right to protest, but it was concerned about the safety and security of the people and the property in the state. It also said that it was following the directions of the Centre, which had asked the states to ensure that the farmers do not enter Delhi. The Haryana government said that it was ready to hold talks with the farmers and resolve the issue amicably.
Delhi Police Denies Permission to Farmers, Says It Will Take Strict Action Against Violators
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police also denied permission to the farmers to enter the city and said that it would take strict action against anyone who violates the law. It said that it had deployed adequate security personnel and barricades at the borders of the city to prevent the entry of the farmers. It also said that it had coordinated with the neighbouring states to ensure that the farmers do not create any law and order problem in the city.
The Delhi Police said that it was aware of the farmers’ grievances, but it could not allow them to disrupt the normal life and traffic in the city. It also said that it had received intelligence inputs that some anti-social elements and anti-national forces might try to infiltrate the farmers’ protest and create violence. The Delhi Police said that it was committed to maintaining peace and harmony in the city and appealed to the farmers to cooperate with the authorities.
Farmers Vow to Continue Their Struggle, Say They Will Not Give Up Until Their Demands Are Met
Despite the opposition and the obstacles, the farmers vowed to continue their struggle and said that they would not give up until their demands are met. They said that they were ready to face any hardship and sacrifice for their cause. They also said that they had the support of various farmer unions, civil society groups, and political parties across the country.
The farmers said that they were fighting for their rights and livelihoods, and they would not accept anything less than a law on MSP for crops. They also said that they would not fall for any false promises or assurances from the government. They said that they would reach Delhi at any cost and stage a peaceful protest at the Ramlila Maidan. They also urged the people of the country to join them in their fight for justice and dignity.