Delhi Authorities gets rid of barriers at Ghazipur protest website, farmers’ tents sit tight

Ghazipur Border
Image Source: PTI Security personnel remove last barrides to clear the roadways for traffic at farmers agitation site at Ghazipur border.

The Delhi Authorities on Friday eliminated barricades and concertina wires that they had put in place at the Ghazipur farmers’ demonstration site on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border. Scores of protestors continued to sit tight at the website.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Priyanka Kashyap stated, “The procedure of getting rid of the barriers from National Highway 9 has actually begun.

The temporary barricading is being removed to reduce out car movement. However, National Highway 24 was already open for traffic.”

The opening of the road stretch would assist countless commuters in Ghaziabad, Delhi and Noida in addition to those taking a trip between the nationwide capital and the interiors of Uttar Pradesh, towards Meerut and beyond.

Police officials and labourers were likewise seen eliminating the iron nails that were studded on NH-9 at Ghazipur, where hundreds of protesters, mostly members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), have actually been occupying a road stretch considering that November 2020.

Numerous layers of iron and cement barricades and a minimum of five layers of concertina wires were installed in 2015. The arrangements were additional intensified after the January 26 violence in Delhi throughout the farmers’ demonstration against 3 new farming laws of the Centre.

The blockade was by police, not farmers: BKU

The BKU, an individual in the motion of the anti-farm law spearheaded by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM)– an umbrella body of over 40 farm unions– repeated that the blockade was put by the authorities and not the farmers.

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said the future course of the protest would be chalked out by the SKM.

BKU office-bearers stated the farmers wish to go to Delhi once the barricades are totally removed and are open to talks with the Centre to resolve the circumstance.

BKU spokesperson Saurabh Upadhyay said, “If the federal government desires the logjam to end, it must talk with the farmers now and we are ready for it.But if it wants the farmers’ movement to continue, we are identified to lengthen it as it has actually already been 11 months because the protests started.”

While the authorities got rid of a big part of the barriers, electrical wirings and iron nails from NH-9 (the Delhi-Meerut Expressway flyover) by the night, the tents and other temporary structures were installed by the protesters continued to remain there.

BKU’s Uttar Pradesh unit basic secretary Pawan Khatana stated, “The federal government had actually said it had not placed the barricades and we had stated the barriers were put up by the federal government and the police. We are sitting on the borders of Delhi and once the barriers are gotten rid of, we will head towards Delhi. We will go to Parliament, where the laws were enacted.”

The procedure to eliminate the barricades began following the October 21 Supreme Court direction that required uncloging of the roads that have actually remained out of bounds for commuters due to the protests at Delhi’s border points of Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur.

While the protesting farmers have actually been claiming that the three laws enacted last year are versus their interest, the Centre has actually been stating that these legislations are pro-farmer.

Thousands of farmers have been camping at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur, opposing against the 3 controversial laws given that November 26, 2020. According to a senior law enforcement officer, some layers of barriers placed by the police at the Tikri border were eliminated on Thursday night.

The Supreme Court had, on October 21, stated the farmers protesting at Delhi’s borders deserve to upset however they can not block the roadways forever.

(With PTI inputs)

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Released at Fri, 29 Oct 2021 10:44:35 -0500