Thousands of farmers from Congress-run Punjab are assembling at the border of Haryana for their march towards Delhi on Thursday morning, ready for any confrontation with the security personnel deployed by the BJP-ruled state, which is determined to stop them. A showdown is likely with farmers from five states – Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab – planning a march to Delhi today and tomorrow. The Delhi government has refused to allow any rally in the city, citing the coronavirus outbreak. Massive security arrangements have been made at the borders with Delhi at Gurugram and Faridabad.
Haryana has sealed borders with Punjab today and tomorrow after orders from Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Massive security arrangement, complete with barricades, water cannons and riot vehicles have been made on roads from Punjab to thwart the protest march. Prohibitory orders banning large gatherings have been imposed in the state.
Haryana has also suspended bus service to and from Punjab for the next two days and diverted all traffic from the blocked roads.
Farmers from Punjab camped at the Haryana border for the night. They said they will hold a sit-down protest wherever they are stopped by the neighbouring state. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) has claimed that over two lakh farmers associated with it will enter Haryana.
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