The march to Delhi by farmers has turned volatile on Thursday and the situation remained tense near Ambala. Haryana police had to resort to water cannon, tear gas to thwart the protesting farmers from entering Delhi.
On the hand, the protesters also turned violent and pelted stones at policemen, lifted police barricades and hurled them into the river. Security in New Delhi has been beefed up with strong police deployment at entry points to the city.
Meanwhile the clash continued even as security around Delhi was reinforced while the farmers too devised new plans to splinter into groups and reach the national capital.
The police has been severely criticized for using water cannons on the farmers on Wednesday in the chilling cold weather. However, they took to the same tactics today and continued to deal with them with an iron fist.
As the defying farmers revolting against the contentious farm bills continued to march towards Delhi, Police on Thursday morning again used water cannons, tear gas near Ambala to stop them from coming to Delhi.
The Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter on Thursday and wrote: “The farmers are protesting against all three laws by the centre. Instead of taking this bill back, the farmers are being stopped from protesting peacefully. Water cannons are being used on them. Such kind of injustice on farmers is not fair. Peaceful protest is their constitutional right.”
Ever since the three farm bills have been passed in the parliament, the farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been agitating and are refusing to be bogged down by the antagonistic governmental attitude.
While Delhi has been fortified to quell any contingency arising due to the protests by the adamant farmers, the protesters have also come up with clever ideas and changed their strategy of coming into the city only by the highways.
Members of the Kirti Kisan Union, BKU Kadian and Rajewal factions plan to huddle at Mastuana Sahib in Sangrur and head for Shambhu border.
The current situation along the borders in Delhi remain tense.