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Updated February 13th, 2024 at 22:10 IST

Farmers Protest LIVE: Protesting Farmers Put March on Hold; To Resume Demonstration Tomorrow

Farmers Delhi Chalo Protest LIVE: In the wake of Kisan Andolan, security has been beefed up at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border, with cement barricading, metal nails and barriers to restrict the movement of vehicles and prevent untoward incidents in the NCR. Stay tuned to this place for all the Farmers Delhi Chalo protest updates.

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Farmers Protest LIVE | Image: Republic Digital
8: 27 IST, February 13th 2024

While speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Union Minister Anurag Thakur addressed the ongoing farmers' protests, urging demonstrators to refrain from resorting to violence or vandalism. Thakur emphasized the government's willingness to engage in dialogue with farmers but expressed concern over the emergence of new demands on a daily basis, acknowledging the time required for comprehensive discussions.

Thakur criticized Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of spreading misinformation regarding the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and agricultural policies. He refuted Gandhi's claims, asserting that the Modi government has increased MSP by 1.5 times and has significantly boosted agricultural exports and budget allocations for the sector. Thakur defended the NDA government's track record, asserting that it has prioritized the welfare of farmers more effectively than the previous UPA government.

 

 

10: 10 IST, February 13th 2024

Major clash erupted between Punjab farmers and police personnel at the state border after Punjab farmers made an effort to enter Haryana.  Amid this, the police officials and protesting farmers were injured. 

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7: 10 IST, February 13th 2024

Amid the farmers protest, Delhi police informed about the traffic diversions. “Singhu Border is not accessible. Traffic Diversion done at Mukarba Chowk. At Mukarba Chowk, vehicles intending to go to Haryana can divert towards Loni Border or towards Madhuban Chowk onwards to Ring Road,” police wrote. 

6: 33 IST, February 13th 2024

Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora arrives at Tikri Border to inspect security arrangements here in view of the farmers' protest. 

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6: 06 IST, February 13th 2024

Speaking on demands of protesting farmers, Union Minister Arjun Munda said, “Regarding MSP, we have to see what kind of law they (farmers) are seeking, and what will be the pros and cons. We at the government see things in a positive way, but we can come to a conclusion after considering everyone's interest.”

 

5: 41 IST, February 13th 2024

'If farmers are aggressive, we will not be on the defensive': Delhi Police's announcement at Singhu Border. 

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5: 11 IST, February 13th 2024

The Delhi Metro regulated passenger entry and exit at nine stations on Tuesday by shutting some gates in view of the farmers' proposed march to the national capital.

The commuters were allowed to enter or exit these stations through other gates.

Official sources said the gates have been shut as part of security arrangements as requested by the Delhi Police.

The stations where one or more gates are closed are: Rajiv Chowk, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhawan, Janpath, Barakhamba Road, Lok Kalyan Marg and Khan Market, a senior official said.

One gate was closed at Khan Market station, the official added.

5: 09 IST, February 13th 2024

Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday attacked the Centre alleging that the government is in cahoots with profiteers and it does not want to give MSP to the farmers.

Speaking to reporters in the UP Assembly after three SP candidates filed their nomination papers, Akhilesh Yadav said, "Why is the government, which wants to garner votes in the name of farmers and has given Bharat Ratna to (MS) Swaminathan and farmers' leader Chaudhary Charan Singh, not giving MSP to the farmers?" "Either the government does not want to give MSP or it is in collusion with big people and those who want to make profits. The result is that the government is doing such works to suppress the voice of the farmers," he said.

Referring to the hurling of multiple rounds of teargas shells by the Haryana Police at Shambhu border near Ambala, Yadav said, "Whatever is happening, the way tear gas is being used to stop the farmers; and iron nails, concrete blocks and walls (of containers) are being put, they are being done to stop the movement (of the farmers). They are doing whatever they can through the administration." Yadav also said, "The government in Delhi deliberately wants to suppress the voice of farmers. These are the same people who had told the farmers that their income will double, MSP will be implemented and they will get the price of their crops. But nothing happened." "A few years ago you saw that farmers came and sat on strike. More than 800 farmers lost their lives. But even after that the government is not ready to give MSP to the farmers," he said.

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4: 27 IST, February 13th 2024

Amid the protest by farmers in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi in a post on social media platform X, promised the protesting farmers of MSP if the Congress party comes into power. 

“Farmer brothers, today is a historic day! Congress has decided to give legal guarantee of MSP to every farmer on crops as per Swaminathan Commission. This step will change the lives of 15 crore farmer families by ensuring their prosperity. This is the first guarantee of Congress on the path of justice,” he wrote.
 

3: 45 IST, February 13th 2024

In the latest development in farmers protest, the police has detained the farmers gathered at Ghazipur Border. Farmers are reiterating their demand for legislation that ensures a minimum support price (MSP) for crops, one of the conditions they had set when they agreed to withdraw their agitation against the now-repealed farm laws in 2021. They are also demanding the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations. They also want pensions for farmers, and farm labourers, and farm debt waiver. Farmers also want the Centre to provide ‘justice’ for victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.  

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3: 39 IST, February 13th 2024

As the protest by farmers continue, Tikri border has been sealed. To ensure law and order, Delhi police have already enforced Section 144, restricting entry of tractor trolleys and large assemblies as farmers from 9 states and Puducherry are scheduled to take part in the protest. 

3: 35 IST, February 13th 2024

Protesting farmers vandalise flyover safety barriers at the Haryana-Punjab Shambhu border. In the earlier protests, almost all the farmer organisations in Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh, numbering more than 40, had come under the Sanyukt Kisa Morcha (SKM). This time a breakaway faction of that umbrella body is spearheading the protests. Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (non-political) excludes major farmer leaders who had hogged the headlines last time such as Darshan Pal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal and Gurnam Singh Charuni.

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3: 31 IST, February 13th 2024

Police use water cannons to disperse the protesting farmers at the Haryana-Punjab Shambhu border. On security arrangements for farmers' protest, Rajiv Ranjan Singh, Additional CP Northern Range, Delhi Police says," A sufficient number of police & CAPF personnel deployed on all Delhi borders. During such large-scale protests, we request the administration to designate any large area as a temporary holding area or temporary detention centre. For this protest, we've requested the administration to designate any large area as a temporary holding area to keep detained protestors."

2: 59 IST, February 13th 2024

Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee General Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher speaking about the farmers protest stated that they are “maintaining a peaceful situation” and woult stop the protest only when the government agrees to their demands. 

“Around 10,000 people are here at the Shambhu border. The farmers are maintaining a peaceful situation here and tear gas is being used against us through drones. (Protest) will continue until the government agrees to our demands,” he said. 

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2: 55 IST, February 13th 2024

In the wake of Kisan Andolan, security has been beefed up at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border. The protesting farmers now forcibly remove the cement barricade as they try to cross over the Haryana-Punjab Shambhu border.  Moreove, tractor driver have put on a gas mask as police use tear gas to disperse protesting farmers at the Haryana-Punjab Shambhu border.

2: 10 IST, February 13th 2024
  • Ruckus at Shambu border 3 times in an hour
  • The protesters are repeatedly trying to break the barricade.
  • Protesters attempt to advance through the toll road.

Preparation of farmers to deal with police at Shambhu border

- Farmers have brought water tankers with them,
- Farmers have extra clothes.
- Farmers are using wet clothes in case the police released tear gas shells.
- Farmers have covered the goods on the tractor trolley with foil so that water does not damage their tractor or the equipment on the tractor.
- Iron chains have been tied on the tractor so that the cement barricade can be removed.

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2: 05 IST, February 13th 2024

A few metro gates are closed as per security instructions. However, stations are operational-Central Secretariat, Rajiv Chowk, Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Janpath, Khan Market and Lok Kalyan Marg: DMRC. 

1: 56 IST, February 13th 2024

On farmers' 'Delhi chalo' protest, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait says, "MSP guarantee law and Swaminathan Committee report, Electricity amendment bill and debt waiver are the issues of the farmers across the country. There are several farmer unions and they have different issues...If the Govt creates a problem for these farmers who are marching towards Delhi, we are not far from them...We are in support of them..."

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1: 55 IST, February 13th 2024

Protesting farmers forcibly remove the cement barricade with their tractors as they try to cross over the Haryana-Punjab Shambhu border.

1: 54 IST, February 13th 2024

Haryana: On farmers' Delhi chalo protest, IG, Ambala Range Sibash Kabiraj says "We welcome the farmers coming from Punjab but if they travel on tractors it will create problems for the people. They can travel on buses, trains or on foot. If they come on tractors, we will not allow them. Section 144 has also been imposed..."

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12: 53 IST, February 13th 2024

On security arrangements for farmers' protest, Rajiv Ranjan Singh, Additional CP Northern Range, Delhi Police says," A sufficient number of police & CAPF personnel deployed on all Delhi borders. During such large-scale protests, we request the administration to designate any large area as a temporary holding area or temporary detention centre. For this protest, we've requested the administration to designate any large area as a temporary holding area to keep detained protestors."

12: 52 IST, February 13th 2024

Farmers Protest LIVE: Police use tear gas drones at the Haryana-Punjab Shambhu border to disperse protesting farmers.

 

 

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12: 29 IST, February 13th 2024

Heavy vehicular traffic from Noida towards Delhi on the Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) road, as Delhi borders are heavily guarded and barricaded to prevent protesting farmers from entering the national capital

12: 07 IST, February 13th 2024

Police fire tear gas to disperse protesting farmers at Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border.

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11: 57 IST, February 13th 2024

Concrete slabs, barbed wires, police deployment in Haryana's Bahadurgarh as a measure to maintain law and order in view of farmers 'Delhi Chalo' march

11: 56 IST, February 13th 2024

Farmers continue 'Delhi Chalo' march on Ambala highway, onward to Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border. 

 

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11: 55 IST, February 13th 2024

Chief Justice of India Chandrachud has acknowledged the traffic congestion in the National Capital Region and has assured to ensure that arrangements are in place to accommodate lawyers during court hearings.
 

11: 50 IST, February 13th 2024

In the earlier protests, almost all the farmer organisations in Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh, numbering more than 40, had come under the Sanyukt Kisa Morcha (SKM). This time a breakaway faction of that umbrella body is spearheading the protests. Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (non-political) excludes major farmer leaders who had hogged the headlines last time such as Darshan Pal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal and Gurnam Singh Charuni.

In previous protests, the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) served as an umbrella organization encompassing over 40 farmer organizations from Punjab, Haryana, and Western Uttar Pradesh. However, this time protests are being led by a breakaway faction of the SKM. This new faction, known as the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (non-political), excludes prominent farmer leaders who were central figures in the previous protests, such as Darshan Pal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal, and Gurnam Singh Charuni.

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11: 49 IST, February 13th 2024
  • Shambhu border: Ambala- Patiala
  • Khanouri border: Jind- Sangrur
  • Chikha border: Patiala- Kaithal
  • Dabwali border: Sirsa- Bathinda

 

11: 48 IST, February 13th 2024
  • Farmers are reiterating their demand for legislation that ensures a minimum support price (MSP) for crops, one of the conditions they had set when they agreed to withdraw their agitation against the now-repealed farm laws in 2021.
  • They are also demanding the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations. They also want pensions for farmers, and farm labourers, and farm debt waiver.
  • Farmers also want the Centre to provide ‘justice’ for victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.  
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11: 39 IST, February 13th 2024

Delhi Police personnel and barricades deployed at ITO intersection, section 144 CrPC imposed, in view of farmers' protest march to Delhi demanding a law guaranteeing MSP for crops. 
 

11: 31 IST, February 13th 2024

One or more gates at eight stations of the Delhi Metro were shut. However, these stations are not closed and entry and exit of passengers is permitted through other gates. Official sources said the gates have been shut for security arrangements on instructions of police authorities. Many gates have been shut at several stations -- Rajiv Chowk, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhawan, Janpath and Barakhamba Road. 

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11: 29 IST, February 13th 2024

Union Minister Arjun Munda says "We care about the interests of the farmers. It is not our concern if someone is doing politics over this issue. We have always been ready for talks and discussions and we are ready to do everything possible to find a solution to this issue. This issue also concerns the state governments. We need time to understand this issue and find a method to solve this..."

11: 28 IST, February 13th 2024

Punjab Police allows protesting farmers to cross the Rajpura bypass to head towards Haryana's Ambala onward to Delhi for their protest to press for their demands
 

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11: 08 IST, February 13th 2024

Delhi Eastern Range's Additional CP Sagar Singh Kalsi says, "We have made very strict arrangements regarding the 'Delhi Chalo' march called by farmer organisations...Our aim is to stop the farmers peacefully and the common people do not face any inconvenience due to traffic…We are trying our best to deal with this situation peacefully..."

11: 06 IST, February 13th 2024

Noida, Uttar Pradesh: ADCP, Anil Kumar Yadav says, "...A Traffic plan has been prepared...Drones are also being used. Checking is happening at the Delhi border. Traffic in other parts is normal..."

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11: 04 IST, February 13th 2024

Traffic snarls on the highway from Gurugram towards Delhi, police place concrete slabs on the road as a part of measures to stop farmers from marching to Delhi
 

11: 03 IST, February 13th 2024

Delhi Government rejects the central government's proposal to convert Bawana Stadium into a jail in view of the farmers' march to Delhi today. On the Centre's proposal, Delhi Government Home Minister Kailash Gehlot says "The demands of the farmers are genuine. It is the constitutional right of every citizen to make a peaceful protest. It is therefore incorrect to arrest the farmers..."

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10: 57 IST, February 13th 2024

Farmer’s Protest: Punjab & Haryana High Court will hear PIL Challenging Internet Suspension, Border Sealing In Haryana today

10: 56 IST, February 13th 2024

Due to farmers' march, Sarhaul toll jam on NH 48, Delhi Police barricaded

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10: 39 IST, February 13th 2024

To ensure law and order, Delhi police have already enforced Section 144, restricting entry of tractor trolleys and large assemblies as farmers from 9 states and Puducherry are scheduled to take part in the protest. 

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