NEW DELHI: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders were detained by the Delhi Police on Friday for taking out a protest march to mark the completion of one year of the enactment of the Centre's three farm laws.
They were taken to Sansad Marg police station.
"Modi government and Haryana government stopped our workers. They resorted to baton charge and broke our vehicles. A peaceful protest was stopped. We have come here to give a message to PM Modi that not only Punjab
but the entire country is against his govt," said Sukhbir Singh Badal
, Shiromani Akali Dal chief.
"A number of farmers have died and many are still sitting at the Delhi borders but this government (Centre) is indifferent. We will continue our fight until the three farm laws are repealed," said Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the SAD leader and former union minister.
"Looking at the number of farmers and Akali Dal cadre coming for the protest today, Rakab Ganj Sahib is being cordoned off to stop Punjabis from entering. This is a reminder of dark dictatorial times," the party tweeted.
The SAD said the borders of Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib were being cordoned off and Delhi borders were being sealed.
The party further alleged Punjab registered vehicles were being stopped at the Delhi borders.
"All Delhi borders have been sealed and Punjab vehicles are being stopped. While all others pass, Punjabis are being told that our entry has been restricted," they said.
A protest march was organised at 9.30am from Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib to the Parliament building.
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal are leading the ongoing protest.
SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra had assured that the protest march would be peaceful.
"The march will be peaceful. We will give a memorandum to Government to repeal the three farm Laws. Even if we don't get permission to protest, we will protest peacefully and give our memorandum," he had said.
The three farm laws that were passed last year include the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. (With inputs from ANI)