Hours after creating the blockade to halt the advancement of farmers to stage protests in Delhi against the Center's farm bills, the Delhi police has on the evening hours of Friday permitted thousands of farmers into the national capital to protest against the farm bills and the peasants are allowed with the instructions to hold peaceful demonstrations.
The protests from the farmers had got national attention after the peasants from Punjab and Haryana and various unions had taken part in the march towards Delhi from Punjab to stage protests against the Central government's farm bills. On Thursday, thousands of farmers were stopped at the Punjab -Haryana border. The security forces had installed barricades and used tear gas and water cannons to counter the protesters.
However, they advanced through the barricades and there was a clash between the policemen and farmers which caused injuries on either sides. The farmers marched towards Delhi and the Delhi police had stationed Rapid Action Force and several policemen to stop the farmers. They blocked the farmers by citing that they don't have permission for protesting in Delhi. The nation witnessed a clash between the Delhi police and farmers.
The police had unleashed tear gas and water cannon to restrict the protesters from entering the city. Some protesters had pelted stones at police while other protesters had marched past through the barricades. Amid the episodes of clashes, the police and the leaders of the farm unions had reached a deal and permitted the protesters to rally peacefully in Delhi.
According to the statement, the Delhi police had appealed to the farmers to maintain peace. However, the reports say that it was not immediately clear when the farmer's rally would be held. Back in September, the Central government has proposed three farm bills which directed fresh agitations from the farmers who fear that these bills would affect their livelihoods and they will become vulnerable as they would be pushed to lose the grounds of minimum support price.
The farmers got angry and demanded the Center to repeal the bills as the peasants feared that the bills will pump in the private players in the agricultural sector. Earlier, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the bills hold the promise of bringing revolutionary change to farmers' lives.
However, his remarks had fueled the protests, and following the protests in September, the farmers have now been marching towards Delhi demanding the Center to revoke the bills. National leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had supported the farmers in their protests.