‘Delhi Chalo’ march: Police fire teargas using drones to disperse farmers

Punjab Police did not stop the farmers and they allowed them to cross Rajpura bypass

Farmers protest Police fire tear gas to disperse farmers at Shambhu border | ANI

Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesting farmers marching towards Delhi at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border. The farmers started their march from Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib after talks with the union ministers failed.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Police did not stop the farmers and they allowed the protesting farmers to cross Rajpura bypass to head towards Haryana's Ambala onward to Delhi for their protest. The Delhi AAP government has also turned down the Centre's request to convert the Bhawna stadium into a makeshift jail, stating that it was incorrect to arrest the protesting farmers.  

Farmers, under the banner of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha, on Tuesday morning commenced their 'Delhi Chalo' march to press for their demands. Multiple groups, along with tractor trolleys, are marching from Fatehgarh Sahib and Mehal Kalan in Khanauri towards Delhi. Delhi’s borders have been fortified to stop the farmers from entering the national capital. 

Many farmers along with their tractor trolleys began the march around 10am from Fatehgarh Sahib and are moving towards Delhi via Shambhu border. Another group is moving towards the national capital from Mehal Kalan in Sangrur through the Khanauri border. 

According to police, they fired teargas when a group of youth, part of the farmers' protest march, tried to break barricades set up at the Shambhu border in Ambala. Despite an appeal by the Haryana Police to stay away from the barricades, the youth continued to stay put and stood over the barricades, officials said.

 When a few youth broke an iron barricade and tried to throw it off the Ghaggar River bridge, the police lobbed several rounds of tear gas shells. They also used a drone later on to drop a teargas shell. 

-with PTI inputs.

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