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Protesting Farmers Detained in Aligarh for Trying to Make Highway Toll Plazas Toll-free

Farmers at Singhu border during their ongoing protest against the Centre's farm laws, in New Delhi on December 8, 2020. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)

Farmers at Singhu border during their ongoing protest against the Centre's farm laws, in New Delhi on December 8, 2020. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)

A large number of protestors at Kurana village under Tappal police station have been taken into police custody and would be kept under detention till 11 pm, officials said.

Aligarh: Dozens of farmers were detained in different parts of this district on Saturday for trying to make toll plazas on highways toll-free as part of their stir against the Central agri laws, police said. A large number of protestors at Kurana village under Tappal police station have been taken into police custody and would be kept under detention till 11 pm, officials said.

District Magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh said that heavy police deployment and patrolling was on in sensitive areas, including at the toll plazas in Gabhana on the GT Road and in Madrak on the Aligarh-Agra state highway. At the district mandi samiti complex, a large number of Samajwadi Party members and former MLA Rakesh Singh were held while holding a protest, police said.

Police also said that Samajwadi Party leader and former MP Chaudary Brijendra Singh and his supporters were put under house arrest to prevent them from joining the protesting farmers at the mandi samiti complex.

first published:December 12, 2020, 16:44 IST