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Akali’s Sukhbir Badal, Harsmirat Kaur Detained In Delhi Over Farm Protest

Farmers and opposition parties have been opposing the Centre’s agriculture laws since November last year

New Delhi:

Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, Lok Sabha MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal and around a dozen other leaders were taken into custody by the Delhi Police this afternoon after they alleged that the authorities organized a ‘Black Friday March’ organized by the party to commemorate a year. Used “force” to stop. Protests against Centre’s agricultural laws.

Mr Badal and others were detained for violating Section 144 – an order banning large gatherings – and taken to the Parliament Street police station. When he was taken into custody, Sukhbir Badal asked the Akali Dal workers and other protesters to disperse peacefully.

“We were here to protest… Delhi Police used force to stop us. Police sealed the borders… Our workers were lathi-charged. The (Arvind) Kejriwal government ordered that we unite. Can’t gather at the gurdwara… The central government also stopped us. It’s undemocratic,” Ms Badal told NDTV.

“We have clearly said that this will be a peaceful protest,” he said.

Earlier, angry farmers and Akali Dal activists thronged the borders of Delhi, where police put up barricades, blocked major roads and closed two metro stations to prevent protesters from entering.

A video tweeted by Harsimrat Kaur Badal – who resigned as Union minister, and whose party left the BJP-led NDA over agricultural laws – showed a chaotic scene from Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib in central Delhi, where the party The activists tried to push the police. Put up barricades to start your protest march.

“Strongly condemn Delhi Police for sealing entry points into the national capital and detaining Akali Dal workers who reached Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib. Receiving phone calls and videos (showing) police (how) protest march trying to thwart it,” Ms. Badal declared.

Visuals from other protest sites showed hundreds of people gathered to protest the controversial agricultural laws, many of whom carried banners and placards demanding their repeal.

The Akali Dal’s Twitter handle hit out at an “arrogant” central government and said that the party is “proud to be a farmers’ party”. We will continue to raise our voice against black laws.

The Delhi Traffic Police had tweeted details of several road closures and diversions, affecting traffic in the city, especially around key commercial areas like ITO and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

Traffic coming from Gurgaon was also affected due to the closure of roads in Dhaula Kuan area.

Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal had this week called upon party workers to march a short distance from the gurdwara to the Parliament building to protest against the Centre’s “anti-farmer” laws.

However, the police had yesterday issued notices to Badal and Akali Dal spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema to stop the protest march. According to news agency ANI, officials said that large political gatherings will not be allowed, citing the rules in force during the Kovid epidemic.

Farmers and opposition parties have been opposing the Centre’s agriculture laws since November last year. Several rounds of talks have been held from the Centre, but the deadlock remains.

Farmers say the three laws will deprive them of guaranteed prices, affect the existing market system, and leave small and marginal farmers at the mercy of corporate interests.

The government insists that the laws will be beneficial in the long run and that when it is ready to hear the amendments, it will not repeal the laws – some farmers have even demanded.

The Akali Dal – once one of the oldest allies of the ruling BJP – initially supported agricultural laws and then felt the extent of dissent against them. The party quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in September last year, a week after Harsimrat Badal resigned as Union minister.

Today’s protests come as the Center embarked on a 20-day extravaganza, including an attempt to set a one-day Covid vaccination record, to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday.

With inputs from ANI, PTI


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