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Farmers’ protest | Young farmers break barricades at Shahjahanpur

A group of farmers from Rajasthan try to enter Haryana by removing police barricades at Shahjahanpur on December 31, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Some young farmers have broken through the police barricades at the Rajasthan-Haryana border and are moving on the road towards Delhi. The Haryana Police attempted to stop them, using water cannons and tear gas, while protest leaders say they appealed to them not to break the barricades.

Thousands of farmers from Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have been protesting on the Jaipur-Delhi highway since December 13, when police prevented them from heading further towards the capital to join the ‘Dilli Chalo’ agitation against three contentious farm reform laws.

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About 25 tractors broke the barricades at Shahjahanpur on Thursday afternoon, according to Rajesh Chechi, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bawal. The police used water cannons and tear gas to try and stop them, but there was no lathicharge, he said. The next barricade was 16 km away on the Jaipur-Delhi highway, and the police would attempt to halt them there, he added.

“There were about 12-15 tractor trolleys with a group of youth from Ganganagar who broke the barricades. They got impatient and said they were going to Delhi,” said Ashutosh, spokesperson for the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, one of the platforms leading the protest.

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“We appealed to them not to break the barricades, as that is the policy of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, that we will sit and protest wherever we are stopped by police, but they were impatient. The police closed the barricades again, and the mass of protesters is still sitting at Shahjahanpur,” he added.

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