A major scuffle broke out at Singhu Border where farmers are protesting against farm laws. On Wednesday, a group of people claiming to be locals were seen protesting at the site demanding that the area be vacated.
In view of the tensed situation at the Singhu border, the protesters camping at the site were restricted to a designated area near the central stage, while the key routes connecting Delhi and Haryana around the border were blocked on Thursday.
On Friday, the situation was tensed at Singhu. The counter-protesters came together at the place and provoked farmers by beating at barricades. Stone pelting also took place fromboth sides with pieces of rocks were thrown.
Hundreds of locals arrived at the famers protest site and things came to blows as they demanded the area to be vacated by the agitators who have been at the site for more than two months.
Locals asked them to clear the spot alleging that their presence was creating trouble.
After heated argument, the locals started attacking the tents of the farmers. Following this there was stone pelting between both the groups.
The Delhi Police and the security personnel deployed at the Singhu border had to resort to firing tear gas shells to disperse the crowd at the protest site.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana have been protesting at the Singhu border since November 26 last year demanding the repealing of three farm laws. Things came to an anti-climax for the farmers after their Republic Day vandalism during tractor rally.
To control the situation and disperse the crowd, police did the lathicharge and also shed tear gas.
(With inputs from IANS)