Farmers protest spills over police barricades in Haryanatext_fields
Chandigarh: Farmers in their thousands protesting new farm laws throng at places along Haryana borders in Punjab.
They spent overnight braving rains and chilly winds heading towards Delhi for their " Delhi Chalo" protest, before being stopped by Haryana police.
Police and the Rapid Action Force deployed to deal with tension tried to evict farmers gathered since Wednesday evening.
Townspeople along the Punjab-Haryana borders had hard time from heavy security and snapped bus services in the past 24 hours.
Farmers have swarmed roads and other open spaces. Several link roads entering Haryana have also been barricaded.
Unfazed by adversities like the heavy security and barricades—mounds of earth and rocks sit on the highway— a protesting farmer Gurdev Singh told the media at the Shambhu border near Ambala city ""We will break all the barricades if we were not allowed to move ahead."
Farmers said they were ready to face even the bullets.
Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed alongside turning entire borders into a fortress.
A day earlier, farmers had scuffles with the Haryana Police that failed to stop them, nevertheless being heavily manned, using water cannons.
Scuffle broke out between the farmers and the police at the Shambhu border when the farmers removed the blockades, heading to Delhi for the rally.
Despite water cannons, the protesting farmers, including men and women -- both young and old -- and school and college students riding tractor-trailers, cars and motorcycles, managed to enter Haryana from Punjab.
They were later joined by thousands of protesters from Haryana, led by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) state chief Gurnam Singh Charuni.
As they reached Kurukshetra district, the local farmers joined them.
"The police must release our activists and vehicles. We will march towards Delhi, breaking the barricades," Charuni said.
The police had taken nearly 100 farmer leaders from Haryana into "preventive custody".
As per the police estimates, around 3,00,000 farmers from both the states are set to reach Delhi as part of their 'Delhi Chalo' agitation.
Punjab-Haryana is blocked using wood trunks and barricades
The farmers affiliated to 33 organisations are part of the United Farmers Front, an all-India body of over 470 farmers' unions that will participate in the indefinite protest in the national capital from November 26.
The protesting farmers have threatened to block all the roads leading to Delhi if they are denied the permission to travel towards the national capital.
Barred from entering Haryana, the leaders of farmers' organisations announced that they will sit on 'dharna' at the Dabwali barrier between Bathinda and Sirsa districts for a week.
BKU (Ugrahan) President Joginder Ugrahan said, "If we are not allowed to cross Haryana and head towards Delhi on Thursday, our protest destination will be the border points for a week."
The Delhi Police has already asked the farmers not to enter Delhi as they don't have permission to protest in the city.
The Haryana Police too have issued a travel advisory, asking commuters to avoid certain national highways along the state borders with Punjab and Delhi in the wake of the protests.
The main focus points of the protesters originating from within Haryana will be the four major national highways leading towards Delhi, i.e., Ambala to Delhi, Hisar to Delhi, Rewari to Delhi and Palwal to Delhi.
Farmers protesting against the farm laws have expressed apprehension that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the 'mercy' of big corporate entities.
IANS report with edits