Braving tear gas shells and water canons they camped at the Delhi borders for several hours, making multiple attempts to break barricades and resorting to stone pelting, but agitating farmers continued with their fight against the new farm laws.
Carrying flags and shouting slogans, thousands of farmers gathered at various entry points into the national capital in a determined bid to push their way through as part of their 'Delhi Chalo' march while police blocked them with barricades, teargas shells and batons.
Police resorted to lathi-charge for a brief time to control protesters who broke barricades.
Hours later, they were granted permission to enter Delhi and stage a peaceful protest at Nirankari ground in Burari.
IMAGE: Flames emerge from tear gas released by the police to stop farmers opposing the farm laws from entering the national capital, at Singhu border, in New Delhi on Friday. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
IMAGE: Tear gas is released to stop the farmers. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters
IMAGE: Police personnel gather to stop farmers from entering the national capital. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters
IMAGE: A policeman fires tear gas towards the farmers gathered at New Delhi border. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
IMAGE: Cops gather behind barbed wires to stop the farmers. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters
IMAGE: Farmers on their way to cross Singhu Border and enter Delhi during 'Delhi Chalo' protest march. Photograph: Ravi Choudhary/PTI Photo
IMAGE: Police-farmer face-off at Singhu border. Photograph: Ravi Choudhary/PTI Photo
IMAGE: Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel with smoke guns deployed at Delhi-Noida Border. Photograph: ANI Photo
IMAGE: Farmers prepare breakfast after arriving at Singhu border from Punjab. Photograph: Ravi Choudhary/PTI Photo
IMAGE: Police personnel use tear gas on farmers to stop them from crossing Singhu Border. Photograph: PTI Photo
IMAGE: Delhi police deployed in large numbers to stop farmers coming to Delhi, at Singhu border, on Friday. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI Photo