CHANDIGARH / JAIPUR: The Haryana Police Thursday used a water cannon and tear gas as Farmers on semi-trailers drilled barricades at Shahjahanpur border with Rajasthan, trying to push towards the national capital. While the farmers on about 25 semi-trailers were pushing Haryana Of the police barriers, others remained on the Rajasthan side of the Shahjahanpur-Rewari border, police said.
Farmers have been on a dharna on the site, blocking the road for several days to protest against the three new agro-marketing laws enacted at the Center. Peasant leaders at the site made it clear that protesters who had forcibly entered Haryana did not have their consent.
Kisan Mahapanchayat President Rampal Jat said the unrest was going on peacefully but some of the farmers forced their way into Hayaran, which was not expected of them.
Haryana police officials said a group of farmers, mostly young people, passed through the barricades they had erected in an attempt to move to Delhi.
Haryana police tried to stop them using a water cannon and tear gas even as their leaders urged them not to travel to the nation’s capital, they said.
Police said the group had passed the barricades with their tractors and that a few of them managed to enter state territory despite being stopped after some distance.
“There were young elements who came with tractors and went through the barricades. We tried to stop them and gently persuade them. However, they were very aggressive and turned violent. Abhishek Jorwal said over the phone.
Another policeman said the group turned violent and at least one of them tried to drive his tractor very recklessly, endangering the lives of police personnel and some others who attempted to stop it.
He said there were around 25 tractors that broke police barricades in Shahjahanpur.
Meanwhile, peasant leaders in Shahjahanpur have called for peace amidst unrest.
“We sit here peacefully and ask our members not to resort to violence,” said Kisan Mahapanchayat chairman Rampal Jat.
“We sent some of our members to speak to those who entered Haryana to convince them to come back,” Jat added. Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal said it was done by “excited young people”.
“The Delhi march is not that important because we want the issue to be resolved through dialogue with the government,” he said.
A large number of farmers in Rajasthan, Haryana and some other places have been demonstrating for more than two weeks on the Jaipur-Delhi highway. They have been sitting at the Rajasthan-Haryana border post since police prevented them from heading to Delhi as part of their “Delhi Chalo” march against new agricultural laws.