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Farmers brave water cannons, barricades, march to Delhi protesting against farm bills

Eastern Times: November 26, 2020, New Delhi: As the “Dilli Chalo” protest march by farmers from Punjab, heading towards Delhi intensified overcoming the roadblocks put up by the state administration in BJP-ruled Haryana today, many roads in Haryana leading to the national capital, especially those in Gurugram, were clogged with heavy traffic as the state remained on high alert. The farmers are marching towards Parliament in protest against the new farm laws passed by the central government in September.

Multiple traffic blocks built up through the day on roads leading to Delhi through the day throwing normal traffic movement out of gear.

The road blocks were especially intense in places such as Kundli, near Sonipat and on the Delhi-Gurugram border at Sirhaul and Rajokri. The traffic build-up was a result of Haryana Police personnel checking vehicles for farmers and protesters looking to enter Delhi.

Farmers brave water cannons barricades march to Delhi protesting against farm bills

The administration in Gurugram is particularly wary that farmers in the rural pockets nearby may join the Punjab farmers marching towards the national Capital.

On Wednesday, thousands of Haryana’s farmers had marched towards Delhi, breaching barricades and braving water cannons, stopping at Karnal and Sonipat for the night.

Haryana administration put up heavy force to block the protesting farmers from Congress-run Punjab from making their way into Delhi on tractors and on foot.

The angry farmers fear the new agricultural laws, will reduce their earnings and give more power to large retailers and corporate firms.

While the Delhi government has refused to allow any rally in the city, citing the coronavirus outbreak, heavy security arrangements have been made at Haryana’s borders with Delhi at Gurugram and Faridabad.

Barricades have been set up near the border areas and from towns to villages in Gurugram district. Some 900 police personnel have been deployed in all, across seven different places, particularly at the entry points to Delhi.

Farmers brave water cannons barricades march to Delhi protesting against farm bills

The administration has also deployed duty magistrates and the proceedings are being recorded on video.

At least two tear gas vehicles have been deployed at key places, along with fire engines and ambulances. Paramilitary forces, too, have been deployed to reinforce the state police’s efforts.

Haryana has already sealed its borders with Punjab for the last two days and suspended bus services to and from the state.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) has claimed that over two lakh farmers associated with it will enter Haryana from Punjab.

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