Clashes break out at Singhu border

NEW DELHI: A group of people claiming to be locals clashed with protesting farmers at Singhu border on Friday. After they raised slogans against the farmers protesting the three new central farm laws, stones were pelted from both sides on each other. However, the police intervened and resorted to lathi charge and tear gas shelling to bring the situation under control.

A few persons including one police official were injured in the incident. There were also reports of an attack on a police officer by one person with a sword. The person was detained, as per the information provided by the police at the site.

The incident took place at the tent of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC), which is protesting separately from the protest led by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM). The situation at the SKM stage, which is the main stage at the Singhu border, was normal.

The police have blocked all the roads leading to the Singhu border since Thursday and stepped up deployment near the site of the sit-in which has been on for more than two months.

Since Thursday, a group of people have been coming out to oppose the protest at the Singhu border. They have been raising slogans against the unfurling of the Nishan Sahib or the Sikh flag at the Red Fort on Republic Day by a group of people and demanding that the protesting farmers vacate the site.

However, the SKM has categorically denied any involvement in the Red Fort incident and instead blamed the government for stage-managing it to discredit the farmers’ protest. It has demanded stringent punishment for those involved in the incident.

A few people ET spoke to demanded that the farmers should open at least one side of the road as their daily lives were suffering because of the blockade.

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