Protesting farmers gather at Delhi’s Tikri border; heavy security deployed

After the day-long confrontation at Delhi-Haryana’s Singhu and Tikri borders, the Delhi Police on Friday (November 27) finally allowed thousands of farmers to enter Delhi for a planned protest against the new Central farm laws.

Even after the Delhi Police announced that they could enter the city escorted by cops, tear gas shells were lobbed at regular intervals and water sprays continued to push the crowd back as many wanted to march towards the Ramlila ground in Delhi and not the designated Nirankari ground in North Delhi’s Burari. Some farmers were also reportedly injured in the action along with some policemen.

Tribal farmers from Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh have also reached Nirankari Maidan in Delhi’s Burari. People from Shramik Janata Sangh and Lok Morcha Sangathan have reached to perform with drums, bands.

Sources say that they want to convey their demand to the Centre by raising anti-government slogans.

The farmers are protesting seeking the withdrawal of the farm bills. Farmers want the Union government to either withdraw the three legislations or guarantee them the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their crops by introducing a new law.

The farmers, who are demonstrating on the Singhu border, have barricaded themselves. Despite being granted the Nirankari Ground in Burari, some of the protesting farmers said that they will stay at Singhu border. Meanwhile, a meeting of their leaders is currently underway to chalk out strategy on the protest.

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