Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday launched a blistering attack against his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar for forcibly attempting to prevent farmers from marching to Delhi. Terming the use of force against the farmers as undemocratic & unconstitutional, Singh asked why Haryana government stopped the farmers from marching to Delhi. Also Read - Public, Private Universities in Punjab to Reopen From Jan 21, Govt Issues SOPs | Details Here
“Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh condemns Haryana government’s forcible attempts to prevent farmers from marching to Delhi. CM asks why Manohar Lal Khattar’s government was stopping farmers, terms use of force as undemocratic & unconstitutional,” the Punjab chief minister’s office said, Also Read - Haryana Shocker: Man Arrested For Raping Daughter For 7 Years, Forcing Her to Abort Pregnancy
The police on Thursday used cannons and teargas to disperse hundreds of farmers from Punjab who broke barricades at the Shambhu interstate border, determined to enter the state as part of their Delhi Chalo’ march against the Centre’s farm laws. Also Read - Samajwadi Party Will Support Mamata Banerjee's TMC In Upcoming West Bengal Polls, Confirms Akhilesh Yadav
As farmers and police faced off at a bridge with the Ghaggar river flowing below, tractors and trucks were lined up and people could be seen waving black flags and shouting slogans.
Police made announcements on loudspeakers to ask the farmers assembled on the Punjab side of the border to disperse. As smoke from the teargas clouded the air and uniformed security personnel milled around, people could be seen standing on top of trucks. Television visuals also showed some bricks lying on the road.
Some farmers tried to cross the barricades and remove them and some chucked them into the Ghaggar river. The Shambhu border point is about 200 km from Delhi. It is condemnable that Haryana Police is using such measures to suppress an assembly of peaceful protesters. We are protesting in a peaceful manner, but they want to prevent us from using our democratic right to protest, a farmer from Punjab told reporters.
Haryana has completely sealed its borders with Punjab to prevent farmers from entering their state on their way to Delhi. Multi-level barricading has been put in many places.
Earlier on Wednesday, a large group of Haryana farmers near Mohra village in Ambala jumped over barricades following which the police resorted to the use of water cannons. A splinter group however, managed to proceed to Tiyora-Tiyori village on the Ambala-Kurukshetra border, where police again used water cannons to stop their march to Delhi.
This group of farmers, which was being led by state BKU chief Gurnam Singh Charuni, had reached Karnal as part of their march to Delhi. The BJP government in Haryana had earlier said it will seal its borders with Punjab on November 26-27 in view of the farmers’ march to Delhi.
(With agency inputs)