Police on Thursday used gas shells to disperse farmers who gathered at Shambhu border, near Ambala (Haryana) to proceed to Delhi to stage a demonstration against the farm laws.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana are headed to Delhi as part of their protest march against Centre's farm laws. The farmers, who are carrying ration, wood, vegetables, for the demonstration, said they will hold sit-in protests wherever stopped.
Barbed wire fencing was used at the Singhu border near the first barricade so that the protesters do not break the barricades put up by security personnel.
He said by evening the farmers were near Panipat, about 100 kilometres away from Delhi. On the Haryana side of the border, the police were present in large numbers, wearing riot gear and with water cannons stationed at the site. No shipping containers can stop them.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said that no train will cross borders to enter Gurugram, Noida, and other NCR towns till 2 pm on Thursday.
Amid the farmers-police face-off over the "Delhi Chalo" protest over farm laws, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday said the voice of farmers can not be "muzzled" and asked the BJP-led Centre to hold talks immediately with peasants to defuse the situation. "The tyrannical use of brute force against peacefully protesting farmers is totally undemocratic & unconstitutional", he tweeted. "The same information was shared by my counterparts also", he said.
He said the general public is facing a lot of inconvenience on the routes leading to Delhi, especially between Panipat-Karnal, Karnal-Kurukshetra and Kurukshetra-Ambala. Strict action will be taken against such people as per law, he added. The protest called for farmers from across the country to reach the national capital on 26 and 27 November for an indefinite protest against the farm laws, which were introduced as ordinances in June, and enacted into law by Parliament in September.
Expressing solidarity with the farmers, the Congress said every worker of the party stood behind "peaceful protests" and demands made by the various farmers' bodies. Authorities in Haryana have imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in several parts of the state to prevent assembly of the protesters.
They have been demanding that these new laws should be repealed.
Traffic has been diverted at several places along the national capital's border in view of the protest. Singh further asked the Centre to show statesmanship and accept the farmers' demand for assured minimum support price.