Thousands of farmers, protesting against the recently introduced three farm laws, will resume their march towards Delhi after a halt due to the tear gas shelling on Thursday. The protesting farmers and the police personnel had engaged in a high-voltage face-off in Delhi’s adjoining areas like Sirsa, Panipat, Kurukshetra, Jind and Fatehabad.

Some of the farmers belong to Punjab while others are from Haryana in the “Delhi Chalo” march. The laws enacted by the Parliament in September allow free trade of the farm produce without any restrictions. The farmers fear that this will permit the private traders to stockpile essential commodities. They believe that the contract farming will also become difficult with the new laws.

Since Thursday, hundreds of farmers have marched closer to the national capital. Delhi Police has deployed security personnel in large numbers at the border areas. The police has also stationed water cannons, sand-laden trucks and used barbed wire for fencing at the Singhu Border.

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal titled the tear gas shelling on farmers “Punjab’s 26/11” in a tweet criticising the Haryana government.

“Today is Punjab’s 26/11. We are witnessing the end of the right to democratic protest. @Akali_Dal condemns the Haryana govt & Centre for choosing to repress the peaceful farmer movement,” Badal said.

Besides sealing the border, Delhi Police also advised the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to suspend services from the neighbouring cities to Delhi on Friday. However, those who are willing to travel from Delhi to these NCR sections will be allowed to use the metro services.

“As advised by Delhi Police, Metro services will be available only from Delhi towards the NCR sections. However, services from the NCR stations towards Delhi will not be available due to security reasons till further notice,” the DMRC said in a tweet.