Farmers pelt stones as police use tear gas

Farmer congregation at karnal (Photo: ANI)

ANI: Protesters pelted stones at the Punjab-Haryana border, as police used tear gas shells and water cannons on farmers, who gathered to protest against the farm laws recently passed in the parliament.

Farmers have continued to march to Delhi, as a part of their “Delhi Chalo Andolan” despite being installing barricades and using water cannons to disperse the gathering near Ambala, Haryana. The police said that they had rejected all the requests to protests in the national capital, by various farmer organisations. The Delhi police have bolstered security at the city’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and said that legal action would be taken against farmers if they would enter the city amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farmers are protesting against the three farm laws that were recently enacted by the Centre, despite opposition from farmer bodies in the country. The government claims that the laws would give the farmers the freedom to sell in open markets. But farmers fear that the laws would lead to the abolishment of the Minimum Support Price(MSP) system, which could create large monopolies and lead to the exploitation of the farmers.

 

Aakanksha Madhavaram