They were met with tear gas, water cannons, barbed wires, barricades, sand-laden trucks with deflated tyres yet thousands of farmers, who have been on the march towards the national capital for the past two days to protest against the three central farm laws kept going. Finally, the Delhi police has allowed the protesting farmers to enter the national capital, but under certain conditions.
Groups of farmers, walking with tractors carrying stocks of food and other essential supplies, were expected to congregate in the city from different checkpoints. They have now been allowed to hold peaceful protests at the Nirankari Ground in North-West Delhi. Earlier today, the Delhi government denied to grant permission to the Delhi police to convert city's stadiums into makeshift jails in order to house detain farmers.
Currently, there has been no official comment on the matter from either Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Home Minister Amit Shah. However Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar and his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh sparred on Twitter, accusing one another of inciting the farmers.
Speaking to CNBC-TV18, Avik Saha, Secretary of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), said that farmers need a guaranteed price and guaranteed mechanism of sale. He said that there should be a secure mechanism where price of the crop is given.
Saha believes that resolutions are always possible but the government has a lot of homework to do. He said that a complete open market is not in the best interest of farmers.Watch video for more