Delhi government rejects police request to convert stadiums into temporary prisons

The Delhi government denied police permission to convert nine stadiums in the city into temporary detention centres in light of the farmers’ agitation.

A senior police officer aware of the development said they had sought permission from the home department to convert nine stadiums into temporary jails to detain the farmers.

A letter signed by Delhi Home minister denied giving any such permission.

Groups of farmers reached Delhi’s Tikri border on Friday morning after which the Delhi Police had to resort to firing tear gas shells on them. While at least 105 farmers were detained on Thursday, the number is expected to rise with more farmer groups reaching Delhi on Friday.

On Friday, about 10 tear gas shells were fired at farmers around 9am as they approached the barbed barricades set up by the Delhi Police at the Singhu border that connects Narela to Sonepat in Haryana.

The police action meant that the farmers couldn’t enter Delhi.

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