Delhi Police removes barricades at Ghazipur protest web site, farmers’ tents keep put

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2021-10-29 21:14:35

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Safety personnel take away final barrides to clear the roads for site visitors at farmers agitation web site at Ghazipur border.

The Delhi Police on Friday eliminated barricades and concertina wires that they’d put in place on the Ghazipur farmers’ protest web site on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border. Scores of protestors continued to remain put on the web site. 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Priyanka Kashyap mentioned, “The method of eradicating the barricades from Nationwide Freeway 9 has began.

The non permanent barricading is being eliminated to ease out vehicular motion. Nevertheless, Nationwide Freeway 24 was already open for site visitors.”

The opening of the street stretch would assist 1000’s of commuters in Ghaziabad, Delhi and Noida in addition to these travelling between the nationwide capital and the interiors of Uttar Pradesh, in direction of Meerut and past.

Police officers and labourers had been additionally seen eradicating the iron nails that had been studded on NH-9 at Ghazipur, the place tons of of protesters, principally members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), have been occupying a street stretch since November 2020.

A number of layers of iron and cement barricades and at the least 5 layers of concertina wires had been put up final yr. The preparations had been additional beefed up after the January 26 violence in Delhi in the course of the farmers’ protest towards three new agriculture legal guidelines of the Centre.

The blockade was by police, not farmers: BKU

The BKU, a participant within the motion of the anti-farm regulation spearheaded by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) — an umbrella physique of over 40 farm unions — reiterated that the blockade was put by the police and never the farmers.

BKU chief Rakesh Tikait mentioned the longer term course of the protest can be chalked out by the SKM.

BKU office-bearers mentioned the farmers need to go to Delhi as soon as the barricades are utterly eliminated and are open to talks with the Centre to resolve the scenario.

BKU spokesperson Saurabh Upadhyay mentioned, “If the federal government desires the logjam to finish, it ought to speak to the farmers now and we’re prepared for it.

But when it desires the farmers’ motion to proceed, we’re decided to extend it because it has already been 11 months because the protests started.”

Whereas the police eliminated a big portion of the barricades, wirings and iron nails from NH-9 (the Delhi-Meerut Expressway flyover) by the night, the tents and different non permanent buildings had been put up by the protesters continued to stay there.

BKU’s Uttar Pradesh unit basic secretary Pawan Khatana mentioned, “The federal government had mentioned it had not positioned the barricades and we had mentioned the barricades had been put up by the federal government and the police. We’re sitting on the borders of Delhi and as soon as the barricades are eliminated, we are going to head in direction of Delhi. We’ll go to Parliament, the place the legal guidelines had been enacted.”

The method to take away the barricades began following the October 21 Supreme Court docket route that referred to as for unblocking of the roads which have remained out of bounds for commuters as a result of protests at Delhi’s border factors of Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur.

Whereas the protesting farmers have been claiming that the three legal guidelines enacted final yr are towards their curiosity, the Centre has been saying that these legislations are pro-farmer.

Hundreds of farmers have been tenting at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur, protesting towards the three contentious legal guidelines since November 26, 2020. In keeping with a senior police officer, some layers of barricades positioned by the police on the Tikri border had been eliminated on Thursday night time.

The Supreme Court docket had, on October 21, mentioned the farmers protesting at Delhi’s borders have the proper to agitate however they can not block the roads indefinitely.

(With PTI inputs)

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