A member of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) fires a tear gas shell towards farmers as they try to cross barricades during a protest against newly passed farm laws on a highway at Dharuhera in the northern state of Haryana, India, January 3, 2021. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande

As per the latest reports, police have lobbed around hundred rounds of tear gas on protesting farmers at the Delhi-Jaipur highway.

A confrontation between protesting farmers camping for the past three days on the Delhi- Jaipur highway near the village Bhudla-Sangwari and police was witnessed on Sunday when the former reached the Masani Barrage near Dharuhera town after covering 4km from the previous stop.

To stop farmers, the police lobbed teargas shells. During the clash, a tractor caught fire, but farmers extinguished the blaze. Although the police blocked the service road, the demonstrators were adamant about going forward. The farmers had been attempting to lift the blockade before this report was filed

Sources said that many farmers from the Tikri border today entered the Bhudla-Sangwari village camp of another unit of farmers and decided to move forward. They pulled police barricades near their camp in the evening and pushed forward. Initially, the police resisted them, but let them go later. Sources added that the demonstrators were then stopped at the Masani barrage as the police used teargas shells

Happy Singh, a Rajasthan farmer, told The Tribune that due to teargas shells, a tractor-trailer caught fire. As some farmers who sat inside saved their lives by jumping off the trailer, some blankets and quilts were also burning. They managed to take an LPG cylinder out as well, he claimed.

We wanted to go peacefully to Delhi, but the police lobbed teargas shells and used force on us to stop us from going forward,” a protesting farmer said, adding that they were promised to go to Delhi and do what they could.”


The unexpected confrontation ended in a highway blockade. Long vehicle queues were observed, causing inconvenience for commuters to reach their respective destinations who had to use alternate routes.

Meanwhile, On Thursday, the Haryana Police lathi-charged farmers and fired tear gas shells after a group broke barricades at Shahjahanpur in Rajasthan in an attempt to march to the national capital.

‘ Chetna Yatra’ was taken out by farmers belonging to the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) in the evening, touching the border of Shahjahanpur-Khera in Rajasthan. They spent Saturday night in the open air in the bone-chilling cold at the Gangaicha Jat toll plaza near Rewari city. They were given food and tea by the locals. The Yatra will return on Monday to Tikri.

Thousands of farmers are fighting against the laws across the country. A large community, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting since the end of November at key border points near Delhi.


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