Tense situation at protest sites, police fire tear gas shells at Singhu
Clashes broke out between farmers who are on a sit-in protest at the Singhu border and a group of people who came to remove farmers from blocking the roads around 1.45pm. The two groups pelted stones at each other.
Delhi Police had to fire multiple rounds of tear gas shells to stop the two groups from becoming more violent. At least one person and one police official was injured in the stone-pelting. After the stone-pelting stopped, the situation remained tense.
On Thursday a group of people who claimed to be locals from the nearby areas of Bawana had come to the border and asked the farmers on sit-in protest to vacate the roads. The group had left on Thursday but warned that they would return again on Friday.
At the Tikri border too , the situation continued to be tense. A group of about 50 persons tried to get near the spot where farmers are protesting. Unlike the situation at the Singhu border, police in Tikri managed to separate the group from the farmers.
Ravindra Kumar Chaudhary, a resident of Baba Haridas Colony at Tikri Border, said, “For the last two months we have been tolerating whatever these protesters were doing on the pretext of agitation against farm laws. Whatever they did on January 26 is unacceptable. We will not tolerate the insult of our national flag.”