Farmers Protest Live Updates: AAP Government Welcomes Farmers, Makes Arrangements At Delhi Protest Site

Farmers Protest in Delhi Today LIVE Updates: Delhi police allowed the protesting farmers to enter daily after hours of lathi-charge and tear gas at the Haryana-Delhi border.

Farmers Protest Live Updates: AAP Government Welcomes Farmers, Makes Arrangements At Delhi Protest Site

Farmers Protest in Delhi: The farmers have been up in arms against the new farm laws

New Delhi:

The Delhi government welcomed the protesting farmers as their "guests" on Friday and made elaborate arrangements for their food, drinking water and shelter.

Earlier in the day, Delhi police allowed the protesting farmers to enter daily after hours of lathi-charge and tear gas at the Haryana-Delhi border. They were allowed in to hold a peaceful protest at a north Delhi ground against the central farm laws.

Some representatives of the farmers also inspected the Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari along with police officers.

The farmers clashed with the police for two days and continued their march towards Delhi for a massive protest against new farm laws. Groups of farmers, walking with tractors carrying stocks of food and essential supplies, were trying to enter Delhi from multiple points, defying barricades, many wrapped in barbed wire. To stop their progress, the Haryana police had dug trenches at various crossing points. This morning, farmers tear-gassed at the Haryana-Delhi border were seen arguing with the police who tried to push them back.

Modified tractors, carrying rations, woollens, essential items and people, passed through Haryana on Thursday evening as thousands of Punjab farmers protesting against the government's new farm laws, slowly moved closer to Delhi. Undeterred by police barricades, tear gas and water cannons, the farmers have been continuing the march since Thursday morning.

Here are the Live Updates of the farmers' protest:

Nov 28, 2020 04:54 (IST)
Protesting farmers retire for the night at Singhu border, set up langar

Farmers from Punjab who were part of the ''Delhi Chalo'' movement retired for the night at the Singhu (Delhi-Haryana) border on Friday, after a gruelling day of confrontation with the police.

The farmers were met with tear gas shells from police forces at the border earlier in the day, as they made their way to Delhi as part of their protest march against the Centre's recently passed farm laws.

According to the farmers, the group carried enough rations for four to six months and were seen cooking rotis and sabzis for a langar at the border, ANI reported. 

Nov 28, 2020 01:00 (IST)
Left parties condemn police action on protesting farmers; ask Centre to roll back laws

The Left parties on Friday stood in solidarity with the farmers who converged in Delhi to protest the Centre's new farm laws and condemned the use of force against the prtestors.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the grit and determination of the Indian farmers cannot be broken by the use of force, PTI reported. 
Nov 28, 2020 00:24 (IST)
Punjab farmers to hold meeting on Saturday for next course of action

Farmer leaders from Punjab on Friday said they would hold a meeting on Saturday to decide the next course of action even as they were in favour of going to Burari to hold an agitation over Centre's farm bills.

"Several farmer leaders are still on their way to Delhi. We will hold a meeting tomorrow and then take our next decision," said Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakanuda) president Buta Singh Burjgill over the phone.

Another farmer leader, Krantikari Kisan union president Darshan Pal, said they were in the favour of going to Burari as they had given a call for ''Delhi Chalo'' march, PTI reported.
Nov 27, 2020 23:55 (IST)
Farmers Protest - Will make all necessary arrangements: AAP welcomes farmers to Delhi
Welcoming the protesting farmers, who were allowed to enter Delhi through the Tikri border to hold demonstrations on Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area against the new farm laws, the Aam Adami Party on Friday said that it will make all the necessary arrangements for them.

"The Aam Aadmi Party welcomes the farmers to Delhi. We will take full care of the farmers and make all the necessary arrangements for them. We stand with the farmers in this battle. Jai Kisan," the party tweeted from its official handle.

Prior to that, the party also disclosed the capital territory government's decision to reject Delhi Police's application seeking permission to convert stadiums into temporary jails for the protesting farmers and asked the central government to accept their demands.

Meanwhile, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has closed several stations in the national capital as a precautionary measure.
Nov 27, 2020 22:52 (IST)
Farmers' protest: National highway at Singhu border turns into mega kitchen
A stretch of the national highway at Singhu border turned into a mega kitchen on Friday evening as exhausted farmers camped on the road along with their tractors and cooked dinner following a long day of protest.

Even as police permitted them entry into the national capital, the farmers refused to move to Nirankari ground at Burari where they were asked to continue their agitation against Centre's farm laws.

Some of the protesting farmers claimed that they were waiting for others who were stuck in Haryana.

The tractors driven by farmers were loaded with ration and other food items. In the evening, the highway was lit by the warm glow of gas stoves on which they cooked different dishes, like parathas, daal and rajma-rice.
Nov 27, 2020 22:14 (IST)
Farmers Protest - "Nobody Will Be Stopped", Says Haryana Police After Delhi Lets Farmers In
The Haryana Police has removed barricades from near the state's border with Punjab in Ambala and Kurukshetra districts after the Delhi Police allowed farmers to be escorted to a large ground near the capital's outskirts where they have been permitted to protest peacefully.

"Nobody will be stopped, commuters can travel with ease," senior Ambala police officer Rajesh Kalia said.

The police removed barricades near Ambala's Shambhu border - the site of fiercest action by Haryana Police since Friday morning with tear gas shells and water cannons. However, farmers marched on unfazed.
Nov 27, 2020 21:44 (IST)
Farmers Protest - Will make all necessary arrangements: AAP welcomes farmers to Delhi
Welcoming the protesting farmers, who were allowed to enter Delhi through the Tikri border to hold demonstrations on Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area against the new farm laws, the Aam Adami Party on Friday said that it will make all the necessary arrangements for them.

"The Aam Aadmi Party welcomes the farmers to Delhi. We will take full care of the farmers and make all the necessary arrangements for them. We stand with the farmers in this battle. Jai Kisan," the party tweeted from its official handle.

Prior to that, the party also disclosed the capital territory government's decision to reject Delhi Police's application seeking permission to convert stadiums into temporary jails for the protesting farmers and asked the central government to accept their demands.
Nov 27, 2020 21:26 (IST)
Farmer Protest Hero Who Turned Off Water Cannon Charged With Attempt To Murder
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Nov 27, 2020 21:00 (IST)
Farmers protest: Use of tear gas aggravated misery of farmers already in tears over farm laws: Bhupinder Singh Hooda
 Congress leader and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday condemned the use of force against the farmers by Haryana police and said that tear gas and water cannon "aggravated the misery of farmers" who are already in tears against the three recently-enacted farm laws.

"Farmers were marching peacefully. They are already in tears and tear gas was fired on them. Water cannons are dangerous in this weather, yet they were used. There is only one solution and that is to talk with the farmers and sort out their issues. Their demands are valid and we are also supporting them," Mr Hooda told ANI.

Mr Hooda also requested people of Haryana help the farmers coming towards Delhi by providing them food, shelter, and any kind of medical help.

Nov 27, 2020 20:25 (IST)
Farmers' Protest: The New Epicentre Of Farmer Protests After Dramatic Clashes In Haryana
Thousands of farmers, after facing teargas, water cannons and heavy police action over the past three days, started gathering at a ground near the outskirts of Delhi today for a massive protest against new farm laws.

Action shifted to the "Nirankari Ground" in Burari in north Delhi, where farmers headed after several hours of confrontation with the police at different points on the capital's border with Haryana.

In the afternoon, Delhi Police said the farmers would be escorted to a designated site for their protest.
Nov 27, 2020 20:09 (IST)
"Delhi Chalo" call: Farmers stage sit-ins, block roads in some UP districts
Amid the Punjab and Haryana farmers' "Delhi Chalo" call in protest against the three Central farm laws, their Uttar Pradesh counterparts on Friday staged sit-ins and demonstrations at many places in the state, including Lucknow.

Other places hit by farmers' stir included Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat and Gautam Budh Nagar in western UP, besides Jhansi and Jalaun in its Bundelkhand region, where the peasants' gathering on various roads resulted in considerable blockades and traffic disruptions.

The key roads affected by the stir included Delhi-Dehradun National Highway and Jhansi-Mirzapur highway.

In Lucknow, Harnam Singh Verma, the vice president of UP unit of Bharatiya Kisan Union, led a protest in Naubasta Kala under Chinhat police station area on Friday morning.
Verma said 77 farmers were arrested during the protest.
Nov 27, 2020 19:35 (IST)
Farmers Protest - New Farm bills are dangerous for agriculture: Farmers speak to NDTV

Nov 27, 2020 18:59 (IST)
Farmers Protest: By using teargas, water cannons on farmers, BJP has shown its anti-people character, says Akhilesh Yadav
Farmers are agitated at the anti-agricultural policies of the BJP government, but instead of adopting a positive attitude towards their demands, it was using teargas shells, water cannons and batons on them, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Friday.

The remark comes as farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, head towards the national capital as part of their ''Delhi Chalo'' march to protest the Centre's new agri-marketing laws. As thousands of protesters gathered at various entry points into the city, police used teargas shells, water cannons and multi-layer barriers to block them.

"The farmers are agitated due to anti-agriculture policies of the BJP government at the Centre. Instead of adopting a positive attitude towards their demands, it''s inhuman that the BJP government is firing teargas shells, throwing cold water and lathi-charging them. This act is highly condemnable," Mr Yadav, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said in a statement.
Nov 27, 2020 18:41 (IST)
Farmers Protest: Agriculture Minister appeals to farmers to end protest, offers talks on Dec 3
"The government has always been ready to discuss issues with farmers. We have invited farmers' organizations for another round of talks on 3rd December. I appeal to them to leave agitation in view of COVID-19 and winter," said Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Nov 27, 2020 18:17 (IST)
Keep farm laws in ''abeyance'' to facilitate discussion: Senior Congress leader to government
Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily on Friday described as "deplorable" the use of teargas and water cannons by police on farmers protesting against the new farm laws and urged the government to keep the legislations in abeyance so that discussions can be held over them.

The former Union minister's attack on the government came as thousands of farmers, carrying flags and shouting slogans, gathered at various entry points into the national capital in a determined bid to push their way through as part of their ''Delhi Chalo'' march against the new farm laws while police blocked them with barricades, teargas shells and batons.

Later, the farmers were allowed to enter the national capital and hold peaceful agitation, the Delhi Police said.

In a statement, Mr Moily said the "atrocities" committed on the farmers by the Centre through the BJP's Haryana government "by letting loose" the police force by way of teargas, water cannons and excesses is "quite deplorable".
Nov 27, 2020 18:06 (IST)
Shashi Tharoor on farmers' protest

Nov 27, 2020 17:58 (IST)
Farmers Protest: Hundreds of farmers from western UP headed to Delhi
Hundreds of western Uttar Pradesh farmers on Friday headed to the national capital in response to a "Delhi Chalo" call to protest against the three central farm laws.

On a Bharatiya Kisan Union call to join the protest in Delhi, the farmers belonging to Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Gautam Buddh Nagar and other western UP districts reached the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Greater Noida on Friday afternoon, when they were stopped by the police.

Shortly later, they left the Peripheral Expressway as the announcement came that the protestors have been allowed to march to Delhi.

"We have started our onward march. But our route to Delhi is yet to be decided by our union leaders. We may take the UP Gate route (via Ghaziabad) or the Kalindi Kunj route (via Noida)," BKU's UP unit spokesperson Pawan Khatana told PTI.

The BKU has lent its support to the "Dilli Chalo" call of Punjab and Haryana farmers protesting against the new farm laws, he said.
Nov 27, 2020 17:45 (IST)
Farmers' Protest Live: We support, stans with farmers; ''dark'' farm laws must be withdrawn, says AAP MLAs
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators on Friday extended their support to farmers protesting against the Centre's farm laws and said these "dark laws" must be withdrawn.

They also said that the farmers, mainly from Punjab, reached Delhi after "much struggle", facing teargas shells, water canons and lathicharge by police at various border points along their way to the national capital.

The farmers, who tried to enter the city as part of their ''Delhi Chalo'' march, clashed with police at the Delhi-Haryana Singhu border earlier in the day, prompting the force to use teargas to disperse them.

It was later that the farmers were allowed by authorities to enter Delhi and hold peaceful protests at the Nirankari ground in Burari.

On Thursday, farmers faced water canons and broke police barriers at Punjab''s border with Haryana to push towards the national capital.
Nov 27, 2020 17:27 (IST)

Nov 27, 2020 17:03 (IST)
Farmers' Protest: Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda appeals to people to extend all possible help to farmers
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday appealed to the people of the state to extend all possible help like food and accommodation to farmers marching towards the national capital as part of a ''Delhi Chalo'' march against the Centre's new farm laws.

Carrying flags and shouting slogans, thousands of farmers have gathered at various entry points into the national capital in a determined bid to push their way through while police blocked them with barricades, teargas shells and batons.

"All arrangements for accommodation and food should be made. All possible help should also be extended to the farmers who may need medical help or treatment," Mr Hooda, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the state, said in a statement.
Nov 27, 2020 16:47 (IST)
Farmers' protest: Kisan Congress slams BJP-ruled states
National coordinator of Kisan Congress Rakesh Kumar Singh on Friday accused BJP-ruled states of using repressive measures against farmers and warned that attempts to quell their protests will only further intensify them.

Referring to Thursday's incident in Haryana where farmers marching to Delhi had to face water cannons and teargas shells, Mr Singh said coercive methods to silence farmers would only worsen the situation.
Nov 27, 2020 16:34 (IST)
Farmers' Protest Live: Haryana Chief Minister appeals to farmers to directly talk to the Centre
"The Central government is always ready for talks. I appeal to all farmers to directly talk to the Centre for all their legitimate issues," tweeted Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Nov 27, 2020 16:23 (IST)
Farmers' Protest Live Update: Farmers' "Ingenious" Way Of Breaking Through Hurdle Is Hit On Twitter
As farmers fought their way through barricades and police forces on their way to Delhi for a planned protest march, their resourcefulness in crossing one such roadblock drew praise on Twitter.

Late last night, a large group of farmers in Haryana heading to Delhi through Sonepat faced a huge police barricade, where the road was blocked with large containers and trenches were dug up to prevent them crossing with their tractors.

The farmers raised slogans and pressed into the barricades but there were many obstructions.

In course of the night, they removed all the blocks.


Nov 27, 2020 16:16 (IST)
Farmers Protest Live: AAP Burari MLA meets police, asks them to ensure farmers face no problems during protest
Aam Aadmi Party's Burari MLA Sanjeev Jha on Friday met Delhi Police officials and asked them to ensure farmers, who are protesting against the Centre's farm laws, do not face any hardships during their demonstration at the Nirankari ground in his constituency.

The farmers from Punjab, who pelted stones at police and broke barricades at the Delhi-Haryana Singhu border in an attempt to enter the national capital as part of their ''Delhi Chalo'' march, were allowed by the police to enter the city later in the day.
Nov 27, 2020 16:10 (IST)
Farmers protest Live: Traffic congestion at Delhi-Gurugram border due to checking of vehicles

Nov 27, 2020 15:20 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest LIVE: Police give farmers permission to enter Delhi and protest

"We've crossed about 10 barriers on our way. We're thankful to the administration for giving us permission to protest. We're happy and only want a peaceful resolution to the issue," says a farmer at Tikri border area
Nov 27, 2020 15:01 (IST)
Farmers protest LIVE: Farmers allowed to protest peacefully
After discussion with farmer leaders, Delhi Police has allowed farmers to protest peacefully at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari. We appeal to them to maintain peace in order to avoid any inconvenience to others: Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal
Nov 27, 2020 14:53 (IST)
Farmers protest LIVE: Water Cannon Used On Marching Farmers Hits NDTV Crew | VIDEO

Nov 27, 2020 14:03 (IST)
Farmers protest LIVE: Police use tear gas to try to disperse farmers

Nov 27, 2020 13:53 (IST)
BREAKING NEWS | Delhi Police allows farmers to enter Delhi
Nov 27, 2020 13:36 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest LIVE: Protesting farmers jump barricades in Sirsa
Protesting farmers jump barricades in Sirsa, say they're going to Delhi for their rights.

"Whatever we do will be peaceful. We won't harm any person or property. Even if we have to stay for a month, we will. Even if we have attain martyrdom, we will," says a farmer.

Nov 27, 2020 13:25 (IST)
Farmers Protest: Determined Haryana Cops Used This Tactic To Stop Farmers
In order to block thousands of protesting farmers heading towards Delhi, Haryana used a common military tactic - digging trenches at points near the state border. Images showed roadsides dug up and heavy trucks and barbed wire barricades on the roads at the border as a firm barrier to farmers marching towards the capital.
Nov 27, 2020 13:12 (IST)
Farmers protest LIVE: Delhi Says 'No' To Cops' Request To Turn Stadiums Into Jails For Farmers
Delhi Police has sought the state government's permission to use the city's nine stadiums as temporary jails to house protesting farmers' from Punjab and Haryana who enter the city as part of their ongoing "Delhi Chalo" march, reports said on Friday. However, leaders of the Aam Admi Party (AAP), which rules Delhi, have objected to any such move. Read more here
Nov 27, 2020 13:11 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest: 5 Dramatic Pics Of Farmers' Showdown With Cops Near Delhi-Haryana Border
Lathi-charge, tear gas and barbed wires were in place as part of high security arrangements to stop protesting farmers from marching to Delhi today.
Nov 27, 2020 13:01 (IST)
JUST IN | Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh urges the Centre to immediately initiate talks with Kisan Unions to defuse the tense situation at the Delhi borders: Chief Minister's Office
Nov 27, 2020 13:00 (IST)
Farmers raise slogans against Centre's Farm laws, at Singhu border

Nov 27, 2020 12:57 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest LIVE: Police use water cannon and tear gas shells to disperse protesting farmers

Nov 27, 2020 12:56 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest LIVE: "We just want to go to Delhi," says a farmer

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Nov 27, 2020 12:14 (IST)
VIDEO | "No Covid For Cops, Only Us?" Farmers Question Heavy Police Deployment

Nov 27, 2020 12:02 (IST)
Farmers Protest: Haryana Digs Trenches To Block Protesting Farmers From Entering Delhi
In order to block thousands of protesting farmers heading towards Delhi, Haryana used a common military tactic - digging trenches at points near the state border. Images showed roadsides dug up and heavy trucks and barbed wire barricades on the roads at the border as a firm barrier to farmers marching towards the capital.
Nov 27, 2020 11:48 (IST)
Farmers PrFarmers Clash With Cops At Delhi-Haryana Border

Nov 27, 2020 11:41 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest LIVE: Traffic jam at Yamuna Expressway
Traffic jam at Yamuna Expressway as agitating farmers block the road.

Nov 27, 2020 11:36 (IST)

Nov 27, 2020 11:35 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest LIVE: Farmers use a tractor to remove a truck placed as a barricade
Farmers use a tractor to remove a truck placed as a barricade to stop them from entering Delhi, at Tikri border near Delhi-Bahadurgarh highway.
Nov 27, 2020 11:26 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest LIVE: Police use water cannon and tear gas shells to disperse protesting farmers

Nov 27, 2020 11:11 (IST)
Farmers protest LIVE: Security deployed, barriers placed at the Shambhu border

Nov 27, 2020 11:04 (IST)
Punjab: Members of Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee prepare in Amritsar for their tractor rally towards Delhi by stocking up essentials in trolleys.

"We have loaded food material for a month & cooking utensils in our trolleys. We're all headed towards Delhi now," says a farmer.


Nov 27, 2020 10:50 (IST)
Farmers Close In, Tear-Gassed In Clash With Cops At Delhi-Haryana Border
Farmers faced a lathi-charge and tear gas early this morning at the Haryana-Delhi border and clashed with the police as they continued their march towards Delhi for a massive protest against new farm laws. Groups of farmers, walking with tractors carrying stocks of food and essential supplies, are trying to enter Delhi from multiple points, defying barricades, many wrapped in barbed wire. To stop their progress, the Haryana police has dug trenches at various crossing points. This morning, farmers tear-gassed at the Haryana-Delhi border were seen arguing with the police who tried to push them back.
Nov 27, 2020 10:42 (IST)
Farmers protest LIVE: Tear gas used on farmers at Delhi-Haryana border
The Delhi Police on Friday used tear gas shells to disperse a group of farmers who had reached the Singhu border as part of their ''Delhi Chalo'' march to protest against the Centre''s new farm laws, a senior police officer said.

The shells were fired at the border point which connects Delhi with Haryana.

The police officer said, "We are using tear gas to disperse protesting farmers. We are also informing them that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, any kind of rally and dharna is not allowed."

"They have been denied permission and legal action will be taken against them if they still try to enter Delhi," the officer further said.

Security has been strengthened at the border and sand-laden trucks and water cannons have been stationed. Barbed wire is also being used for fencing at the Singhu border to prevent the protesters from entering the city.



Nov 27, 2020 10:39 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest LIVE: Farmers from Punjab stopped from entering Delhi
Farmers from Punjab stopped from entering Delhi at Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border)

"We have been doing a peaceful protest and we will continue it. We will enter Delhi protesting peacefully. In a democracy, one should be allowed to protest," says a farmer.

Nov 27, 2020 10:33 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest: Traffic jam at Delhi-Gurugram border

Nov 27, 2020 10:31 (IST)
Farmers protest Updates: Group of farmers reach Bahadurgarh

Nov 27, 2020 10:23 (IST)
Delhi Farmers Protest: Commuters stuck on highway due to road blockade
Haryana: Commuters headed towards Delhi from other states say they're facing problems after getting stuck on Delhi-Panipat Highway due to road blockade.
Nov 27, 2020 10:04 (IST)
In Haryana, protesting farmers from Punjab are stationed at Panipat before they proceed to Delhi.

A farmer says, "No matter what, we will proceed to Delhi. We are travelling with our families carrying ration for six-months."



Nov 27, 2020 09:34 (IST)
Delhi Chalo March Farmers Protest: Police use tear gas shells to disperse protesting farmers

Nov 27, 2020 09:21 (IST)
Farmers protest Updates: Farmers gathered at Rohtak-Jhajjar border

Nov 27, 2020 08:59 (IST)
Farmer protest LIVE: High security at Singhu border

Nov 27, 2020 07:55 (IST)
As thousands of farmers headed to Delhi on Thursday for a massive protest march, they marched alongside tractors carrying enough supplies to last them for months.

Farmers from six states had been planning the "Delhi Chalo" protest for two months against the centre's new farm laws that. Teargas, water cannons and a large police contingent failed to stop them from crossing over to Haryana en route to Delhi.

"We have enough ration for two and a half to three months," said Tarpreet Uppal, travelling in a modified tractor that is their lifeline.

Read more here
Nov 27, 2020 07:50 (IST)
Close To Midnight, Water Cannons Used On Farmers In Haryana's Sonipat
Water cannons started up at full spate at Haryana's Sonepat around 11 pm amid the cold wave as the police tried to disperse a small group of Punjab farmers who would not be dissuaded from their march to Delhi for an anti-farm law protest. The group has been talking to the police through the evening from across a trench and a barricade, requesting passage.

Read more here
Nov 27, 2020 07:49 (IST)
Farmers March To Delhi Defying Barricades, Tear Gas, Water Cannons
Modified tractors, carrying rations, woollens, essential items and people, trundled through Haryana in the chilly winter evening as thousands of Punjab farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws, slowly moved closer to Delhi, undeterred by police barricades, tear gas and water cannons. "More than 50,000 farmers will be standing at the Delhi border by today evening," two farmers' bodies claimed. Close to midnight, water cannons started up at Haryana's Sonipat to disperse a small group of Punjab farmers. The day has been replete with clashes -- on one occasion the protesters even pitched the yellow iron barricades into the river below while trying to cross a narrow bridge. Leaders in Punjab and Haryana, meanwhile, sparred on Twitter over the issue.