‘Delhi Chalo’: After Night’s Halt Punjab Farmers Resume March

Punjab farmers resumed their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march against the Centre’s new farm laws on Saturday morning after halting for the night to join thousands who have already reached the national capital’s borders. By Friday evening, all Haryana Police barricades at the border with Punjab and along the highway to Delhi had been lifted. Hundreds entered the national capital to hold a peaceful protest at a north Delhi ground after facing teargas and water cannons and clashing with security personnel, while thousands remained at border points, undecided whether to go to the demonstration site identified by police.

Farmers with the outfit had on Friday broken through police barricades at Khanauri and Dabwali border points between Punjab and Haryana. More farmers under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) will enter Haryana on Saturday for their march towards the national capital. “Our group of farmers on tractor-trolleys will soon enter Haryana through the Shambhu interstate border,” said KMSC general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher. They had begun their march from Amritsar on Friday.

Punjab farmers in large numbers had on Friday crossed the state’s border with Haryana. Some even faced water cannons and teargas. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has welcomed the Union government’s decision allowing farmers to enter the national capital and hold peaceful agitation. Farmers protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws have expressed apprehension that the laws would pave a way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates.

The Centre has invited several Punjab farmer organizations for another round of talks in Delhi on December 3.

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