Rajasthan-Haryana border: Police use water cannons, tear gas while farmers break through barricades | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH / JAIPUR: The Haryana Police on Thursday he used a water cannon and tear gas as farmers on tractor-trailers they broke barricaded to Shahjahanpur bordering Rajasthan, trying to push towards the national capital. While farmers in about 25 trailers passed over Haryana Police barriers, others were left behind on the Rajasthan side of the Shahjahanpur-Rewari border, police said.
Farmers were in a dharna on the spot, blocking the road for several days, in protest against the three new agromarketing laws adopted at the center. The leaders of the farmers on the site made it clear that the protesters who forced their way into Haryana did not give their consent.
Kisan Mahapanchayat chairman Rampal Jat he said the unrest was peaceful, but some of the farmers forcibly entered Hayaran, which was not expected of them.
Haryana police officials said a group of farmers, mostly young people, broke through the barricades set up by them in an attempt to make their way to Delhi.
Haryana police tried to stop them using a cannon of water and tear gas, even though their leaders urged them not to go to the national capital, they said.
Police said the group smashed the barricades with their tractors and several of them managed to enter the state territory, although they were stopped after a certain distance.
“There were some young people who came with tractors and broke through the barricades. We tried to stop them and gently convince them. However, they were very aggressive and became violent. They didn’t even listen to the farmers’ leaders,” Rewari Police Superintendent Abhishek Jorwal said on the phone.
Another police officer said the group became violent and at least one of them tried to drive his tractor in a very reckless way, endangering the lives of police personnel and other people who tried to stop him.
He said there were nearly 25 tractors that broke into Shahjahanpur police barricades.
Meanwhile, Shahjahanpur farmers’ leaders called for peace in the unrest.
“We stand here peacefully and urge our members not to resort to violence,” said President Kisan Mahapanchayat, Rampal Jat.
“We sent some of our members to talk to those who entered Haryana to persuade them to return,” Jat added. Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal said it was made by some “over-excited young people”.
“The march in Delhi is not so important because we want to solve the problem through dialogue with the government,” he said.
A large number of farmers in Rajasthan, Haryana and elsewhere have been protesting on the Jaipur-Delhi highway for more than two weeks. They have been at the Rajasthan-Haryana border crossing since police stopped them from heading to Delhi as part of their “Delhi Chalo” march against the new agricultural laws.