Farmers protest: Metro stations closed, cops want to use stadiums as prison

Chennai: As farmers from Punjab and Haryana started the second day of their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march against the Union government’s three farm laws on Friday, the Delhi Police have sought permission from the government to use the city’s nine stadiums as temporary jails.

The Metro stations near Delhi-Haryana border will remain closed due to the farmers’ protest, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.

“Entry & exit gates of Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Bahadurgarh City, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Tikri Border, Tikri Kalan and Ghevra stations on Green Line are now closed,” DMRC tweeted.

This morning, the Delhi Police used tear gas at the Singhu Border to disperse protesting farmers who are heading towards the national capital.

There was a heavy deployment of security personnel with sand-laden trucks and water cannons stationed and usage of barbed wire for fencing at the Singhu Border to prevent the protesters from entering the city.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today urged the Centre to immediately initiate talks with the Kisan Unions to defuse the situation triggered by Haryana’s attempts to forcibly stop farmers from marching to Delhi.

“The voice of farmers cannot be muzzled indefinitely. The Centre should immediately initiate talks with Kisan Union leaders to defuse the tense situation at the Delhi borders. Why wait till December 3 when the situation is getting out of hand now?” he asked.

 

NT Bureau