16:27 (IST)

‘PM weakening India by attacking farmers’: Congress

The Congress hit out at the Centre on Friday over the farmers’ protest against the new farm laws, with former party president Rahul Gandhi alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “weakening” India by “attacking” farmers.

The remarks by Gandhi came a day after the Congress alleged that the government was trying to divide and intimidate the farmers to break their protest against the three laws. “PM is weakening India by attacking our farmers and workers. Only anti-national forces will benefit,” Rahul tweeted.

16:17 (IST)

Entry points sealed at Singhu protest site

Multi-layered security arrangements, barricades put everywhere and all entry points sealed, Singhu border, the nerve-centre of the ongoing farmers protest with thousands of security personnel seen marching at the site, turned into a fortress on Friday.

The heightened security measures and restrictions have been brought into place after violence on Republic Day that left 394 policemen injured and one protestor dead. No one, even media personnel, are allowed to enter the protest site with area cordoned off by multiple concrete barricades and intermodal containers.

15:31 (IST)

Stone pelting at Singhu border between protesters; cops fire tear gas

A group of people threw stones and vandalised tents at the Delhi-Haryana border in Singhu, the epicenter of farmers’ protests for over two months. The sudden violence at the protest site this afternoon, which has been tense, prompted the police to use tear gas shells and farmers to appeal for calm.

15:29 (IST)

Clashes erupt between farmers, locals at Singhu border; Alipur SHO injured

Clashes broke out between protesting farmers and a group of locals at the Singhu border on Friday as police resorted to lathicharge and used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

Alipur SHO Pradeep Kumar claimed that he was attacked with a sword by a protester and suffered injuries on his forearm. The person has been detained.

15:20 (IST)

More farmers from Haryana to head towards protest sites along Delhi borders

Several farmers from parts of Haryana on Friday decided to move towards Delhi borders to join the ongoing agitation against agri laws and held protests against lookout notices to peasant leaders and the Ghaziabad administration’s ultimatum to vacate protest site.

The farmers claimed that issuing the lookout notices and asking the farmers to vacate the site will not weaken the ongoing agitation against the Centre’s new farm laws.

A number of farmers from Jind, Rohtak, Kaithal, Hisar, Bhiwani and Sonipat will be heading towards various protest sites at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur, farmer leaders from Haryana claimed.

Farmers’ Protest LATEST Updates: Clashes broke out between protesting farmers and a group of locals at the Singhu border on Friday as police resorted to lathicharge and used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

Alipur SHO Pradeep Kumar claimed that he was attacked with a sword by a protester and suffered injuries on his forearm. The person has been detained.

Several farmers from parts of Haryana on Friday decided to move towards Delhi borders to join the ongoing agitation against agri laws and held protests against lookout notices to peasant leaders and the Ghaziabad administration’s ultimatum to vacate protest site.

The farmers claimed that issuing the lookout notices and asking the farmers to vacate the site will not weaken the ongoing agitation against the Centre’s new farm laws.

A number of farmers from Jind, Rohtak, Kaithal, Hisar, Bhiwani and Sonipat will be heading towards various protest sites at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur, farmer leaders from Haryana claimed.

Delhi Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Friday visited the Ghazipur border, where farmers are protesting against three recent farm laws of the Centre, to check the arrangements made for them by the city government.

Talking to reporters, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said the farmers’ protest has full support of the Delhi government.

“The AAP supports the protesting farmers and I have come here to check the arrangements made by the Delhi government. I have checked the arrangements of drinking water, toilets and other basic amenities for the farmers,” he said.

Sisodia said farmer leader Rakesh Tikait had spoken to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and asked for basic amenities.
“On the orders of the chief minister, the arrangements were made at night,” he said.

The Ghaziabad administration gave an ultimatum to the protesting farmers on Thursday night to vacate the UP Gate protest site, but Tikait remained adamant, saying he would commit suicide but will not end the stir.

Hundreds of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) members stayed put on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway on Friday, notwithstanding the Ghaziabad administration’s ultimatum to vacate the UP Gate protest site.

More farmers are joining in from western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, following an emotional appeal made by Tikait, who has defiantly held his ground.

Tension prevailed at the protest site throughout Thursday as police and paramilitary forces in anti-riot gear conducted flag marches on either side of it.

However, excess forces were removed later at night.

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