Farmers Protest Today LIVE updates: The Delhi police has beefed up security at its border with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh (Rohtak-Jhajjar border, Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border), Delhi-Gurugram and Delhi-Jammu highway near Karna Lake in Karnal) as thousands of protesting farmers resumed their onward journey on tractor-trailers towards the national capital to protest against the Centre’s recently passed farm laws. Yesterday, several protesters and policemen were injured as farmers broke barricades and threw them down from a bridge ahead of the Punjab-Haryana border in Shambhu in Punjab’s Patiala and near Haryana’s Ambala.Also Read - Delhi COVID Positivity Rate Likely To Decline, Will Review Curbs After Monitoring Situation For 3-4 Days: Health Minister
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18: 45 PM: The government has always been ready to discuss issues with farmers. We have invited farmers’ organizations for another round of talks on 3rd December. I appeal to them to leave agitation in view of COVID-19 and winter: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Also Read - Delhi COVID Cases Rising, But No Need to Panic...: CM Arvind Kejriwal
18:30 PM: Delhi govt officials reach Nirankari Samagam Ground, Burari to review arrangements for farmers’ ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest.
“We’ve come here to deploy water tankers for farmers. AAP govt stands by farmers. Arvind Kejriwal-led govt will take care of them,” says Raghav Chaddha, AAP
18: 20 PM: Nearly 25,000 farmers had sent proposal to PM Modi. The laws have been made for traders saying they’ll eventually benefit farmers. If govt has brought laws to support farmers, we welcome it. However, there are drawbacks: Mohini Mohan Mishra, All India Secretary, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh
18:16 PM: Farmers shouldn’t have been treated so roughly. Using tear gas on farmers who already had tears in their eyes. Farmers’ demands are right, govt should heed to them & resolve issues instantly. I ask people of Haryana to treat farmers with care: Bhupinder S Hooda, Former CM Haryana
17:47 PM: Train services normal at all corridors from 5:35 pm onwards. Tomorrow regular services on all Lines as of now: Delhi Metro
17: 21 PM: Police remove barricades at Shambhu border between Haryana and Punjab, near Ambala as farmers have been allowed to enter Delhi. “Nobody will be stopped, commuters can travel with ease,” says Rajesh Kalia, Ambala SP
16:52 PM: Aam Aadmi Party’s Burari MLA Sanjeev Jha met Delhi Police officials and asked them to ensure that protesting farmers do not face any hardships during their demonstration at the Nirankari ground in his constituency.
16:31 PM: No govt in world can stop farmers fighting battle of truth. Modi govt will have to agree to demands & take back the ‘black laws’, says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
14:00 PM: In view of farmers protest in Punjab, two trains cancelled, five trains short terminated and five others diverted: Northern Railway
15:25 PM:Farmers enter the national capital through the Tikri border after being given permission to hold their demonstrations at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area.
15: 18 PM: Haryana CM ML Khattar says Centre ‘always ready’ for talks and solution will emerge only through dialogue, not agitation.
15:17 PM: Delhi: College students say their exam got canceled due to farmers’ ‘Chalo Delhi’ protest march. “We’re coming down from Rohtak. Our exams were canceled. There are many students who travel to their colleges. It’s causing a lot of problems for us,” says a student.
15:10 PM: After discussion with farmer leaders, Delhi Police has allowed farmers to protest peacefully at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari. We appeal to them to maintain peace in order to avoid any inconvenience to others: Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal
15:05 PM: Police give farmers permission to enter Delhi and protest. “We’ve crossed about 10 barriers on our way. We’re thankful to the administration for giving us permission to protest. We’re happy and only want a peaceful resolution to the issue,” said a farmer at Tikri border area
14:40 PM: The Delhi Police Commissioner has appealed to the farmers to maintain order and demonstrate peacefully.
14:35 PM: Protesting farmers will be allowed to enter the national capital. They will have the permission to protest at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area, said Delhi Police Commissioner
14: 25 PM: According to TV reports, the Delhi Police has given permission to farmers to protest at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari area of the national capital.
14:15 PM: Massive showdown at Singhu border as protesters, cops clash despite farmers being allowed entry into the Delhi.
14:00 PM: Haryana Police use tear gas to try to disperse farmers as they take part in protests against Centre’s Farm laws, at the Singhu border.
01: 45 PM: Taking to Twitter, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar asserted that the Centre is always ready to talk. He also urged protesting farmers to speak to the central government.
01: 35 PM: Delhi police used tear gas shells and water cannons to stop farmers from entering the national capital. Despite heavy security deployment, groups of farmers from Punjab managed to reach near two Delhi border points after breaking police barricades in Haryana.
01:25 PM: Members of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh block Meerut-Modinagar highway, in protest against Centre’s Farm laws.
01:17 PM: Delhi Government rejects the request of Delhi Police seeking to convert nine stadiums into temporary prisons, in view of farmers protest.
12: 45 PM: Farmers raise slogans against Centre’s Farm laws, at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border).
12:30 PM: In Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, farmers gather at NH-58 Delhi-Dehradun highway in support of ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march
12:15 PM: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh urged the Centre to immediately initiate talks with Kisan Unions to defuse the tense situation at the Delhi borders
12:05 PM: Delhi police has completely closed Tikri border for traffic movement. “Traffic intending to go towards Haryana is also closed. All motorists are advised to avoid this route in view of the protest by Kishan Sangharsh committee,” traffic police tweeted.
11:55 AM: Farmers groups, including women, heads towards Delhi while protesting & raising slogans on the main highway in Sirsa.
11:49 AM: Farmers from Punjab wait at the Shambhu border between Haryana and Punjab, near Ambala, to cross into Haryana to proceed to Delhi. Security deployed, barriers and water cannon vehicle placed at the border to prevent farmers from entering Haryana.
11:48 AM: Protesting farmers jump barricades in Sirsa, say they’re going to Delhi for their rights. “Whatever we do will be peaceful. We won’t harm any person or property. Even if we have to stay for a month, we will. Even if we have attain martyrdom, we will,” a farmer said.
11:46 AM: “I urge the Delhi Govt to deny permission for setting up temporary prisons. The farmer of our country is neither a criminal nor a terrorist. Right to protest peacefully is enshrined in Indian Constitution – Article 19(1) and protests are the hallmark of a free, democratic society”, tweeted Raghav Chadha. Earlier in the day, Delhi Police had sought permission from the Kejriwal-led government to convert nine stadiums into temporary prisons.
11:40 AM: Traffic jam at Yamuna Expressway as agitating farmers block the road. Police personnel present at the spot.
11:29 AM: Plumes of smoke seen as security personnel use tear gas to disperse farmers protesting at Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border). Farmers are headed to Delhi as part of their protest march against Centre’s Farm laws.
11:23 AM: Heavy security deployment, tear gas used as farmers headed for Delhi protest at Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border).
10:35 AM: Entry & exit gates of Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Bahadurgarh City, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Tikri Border, Tikri Kalan and Ghevra metro stations on Green Line are now closed, said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
10:21 AM: Delhi Police seeks permission from Delhi Government to convert nine stadiums into temporary prisons.
09:58 AM: Farmers from Punjab stopped from entering Delhi at Singhu border. “We have been doing a peaceful protest and we will continue it. We will enter Delhi protesting peacefully. In a democracy, one should be allowed to protest,” news agency ANI quoted a farmer as saying.
09:41 AM: Commuters headed towards Delhi from other states say they’re facing problems after getting stuck on Delhi-Panipat Highway due to road blockade. “I’m coming from Jammu & was suppose to reach Delhi yesterday evening. We have no updates so far,” says Shivangi, a commuter.
09: 41 AM: A farmer says, “No matter what, we will proceed to Delhi. We are travelling with our families carrying ration for six-months.”
09:40 AM: A group of protesting farmers from Punjab reach Bahadurgarh
09:15 AM: Vehicles are not allowed towards Singhu Border. Interstate vehicles may take Western/Eastern peripheral expressway, said Delhi Traffic Police
09:02 AM: Police use tear gas shells to disperse protesting farmers at Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border). Farmers are headed to Delhi as part of their protest march against Centre’s Farm laws.
08: 07 AM: Farmers gathered at Rohtak-Jhajjar border, for ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march against Centre’s farm laws
07:05 AM: The Delhi Police has already asked the farmers not to enter Delhi as they don’t have permission to protest in the city.
07:02 AM: Security tightened at Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border), in the wake of farmers’ ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march.
07:00 AM: Farmers participating in ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march, stay for the night at the toll at Panipat Highway. A farmer, Robindeep Singh says, “We are carrying food enough to last a month, we have stove & other kitchen items. We are also carrying blankets to brave the cold.”
Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said that the metro services from NCR region to Delhi will remain suspended on Friday till further notice. “As advised by Delhi Police, Metro services will be available only from Delhi towards the NCR sections tomorrow. However, services from the NCR stations towards Delhi will not be available due to security reasons till further notice”, the DMRC had said in a tweet yesterday.
On the other hand, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his Punjab counterpart Captain Amarinder Singh entered into a Twitter war over farmers’ ‘Delhi Chalo’ march. While Singh lambasted Khattar for stopping farmers from moving towards the national capital, calling it “totally undemocratic and unconstitutional”, the latter told the Punjab chief minister to stop “inciting innocent farmers”.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh and various factions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union have joined hands and formed a ‘Samyukta Kisan Morcha’ to press the central government to scrap the three new farm laws—the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.
Despite objection from opposition parties, the Bills were passed by the Upper House in September through voice vote.