There have been clashes reported against the farmers and police as police deployed barricades, tear gases and water cannons to stop them.
Farmers stand on an under construction flyover and watch attempts of concrete barricades being removed by fellow farmers, set up by security officers to prevent their protest march to Delhi, in Sonipat, in the northern Indian state of Haryana, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.
Farmers gather around the body of Dhana Singh, a protestor who died in an overhead collision. Punjab farmers, representing over 30 farm bodies, have announced they will go to Delhi through several routes - Lalru, Shambhu, Patiala-Pehowa, Patran-Khanauri, Moonak-Tohana, Ratia-Fatehabad and Talwandi-Sirsa.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh welcomed the decision to allow farmers to enter Delhi and urged the Centre to hold "immediate talks to resolve the simmering issue".
The Yamuna Expressway has reportedly jammed as the activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) came out support of the 'Chalo Delhi' call by the farmers from Punjab. Also, drones have been deployed to keep a tight vigil to maintain law and order, police said. Besides the presence of personnel, the cops stationed sand-laden trucks and water cannons, and used barbed wire for fencing to stop the approaching protestors.
Negotiations between the leaders of farmer unions and the government to defuse the standoff have been unsuccessful. After an hour of tense confrontation, however, the farmers stepped back to return to their vehicles to wait for more convoys to join them. Plumes of smoke rose above the fray and some protesters threw stones at police as thousands pressed against barricades, waving flags and sticks.
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He claimed that Union home ministry officials had permitted them a place in Delhi's Burari to carry out their agitation. The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government refused permission early in the afternoon.
Thousands of farmers who are protesting against the three new farms bias passed by the Central Government have been moving closer to Delhi over the past two days. The police resorted to lathicharge, fire tear gas and used water cannon to disperse the agitating crowd.
According to AIKSCC leaders, even though farmers coming in from many other States were stopped by UP Police and Haryana Police, Punjab farmers have managed to remove obstacles put in their way by Haryana Police and continued to march towards Delhi.
However, regular metro services will remain available in the entire section of Airport and Rapid Metro lines during the period. "This is a historic day".
In Jhansi, farmers held protests in Mauranipur and Moth tehsils, where they accused the government of working against their interests.
In an interview with the Hindustan Times daily, federal Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar said he could "neither say yes nor no" to the demand by farmers for a law to guarantee the MSP.