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Farmers’ protest: Carriageway on road connecting Delhi to Haryana opened after 11 months

New Delhi, October 30

After 11 months, authorities on Saturday opened one carriageway of the street from Delhi to Haryana after barricades had been eliminated on the Tikri border the place hundreds of farmers have been agitating in opposition to the three agri legal guidelines.

Police personnel eradicating barricades on the Tikri border. Video seize

The carriageway was opened following conferences between farm union leaders and the police.

The Delhi Police on Thursday night began eradicating the barricades and concertina wires it had put at Tikri Border on the Delhi-Rohtak freeway.

The police had additionally eliminated comparable blockades on one of many carriageways of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway at Ghazipur border on Friday. Nonetheless, visitors on the stretch has not but began.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Parwinder Singh stated, “We had a gathering with the farmer leaders within the morning and later round 1 pm, the stretch going in direction of Haryana from Delhi has been opened and the visitors motion has began.

“The leaders had been saying that the visitors be allowed for a specific timing, nonetheless, we now have opened the street for twenty-four hours. The commuters with small autos can go by the street.”

Singh stated the farm union leaders have expressed apprehension that since their tents are on the street, in case heavy autos drive by and hit any of the protesters, a law-and-order challenge can be created.

“There isn’t a house for heavy autos to ply there and that’s the reason, we now have determined to now permit such autos, together with truck and busses on that stretch,” Singh stated.

A farmer chief stated visitors motion had been allowed on the stretch on Saturday for the sunshine autos, together with bikes, auto-rickshaws and automobiles, and ambulances.

The opening of the street stretch on the Tikri border would assist hundreds of commuters of Bahadurgarh and Delhi in addition to these travelling between the nationwide capital and going to Rajasthan from Haryana.

Whereas the police eliminated a big portion of the barricades, wirings and iron nails from NH-9 (the Delhi-Meerut Expressway flyover) at Ghazipur border by Friday night, the tents and different short-term constructions erected by the protesters continued to stay there.

A number of layers of iron and cement barricades together with concertina wires had been put up by the police final yr. The preparations had been additional beefed up after the January 26 violence in Delhi throughout the farmers’ protest in opposition to three new agriculture legal guidelines of the Centre.

BKU chief Rakesh Tikait had stated the long run course of the protest can be chalked out by the SKM.

BKU office-bearers had stated the farmers need to go to Delhi as soon as the barricades are fully eliminated and are open to talks with the Centre to resolve the state of affairs.

BKU spokesperson Saurabh Upadhyay had earlier stated, “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 delay it because it has already been 11 months for the reason that protests started.” Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Priyanka Kashyap had stated, “The method of eradicating the barricades from Nationwide Freeway 9 has began. The short-term barricading is being eliminated to ease out vehicular motion. Nonetheless, Nationwide Freeway 24 was already open for visitors.”

Kashyap had stated the police have eliminated the barricades on their finish and are prepared for vehicular motion.

The method to take away the barricades began following the October 21 Supreme Courtroom course, calling for unblocking of the roads which have remained out of bounds for commuters as a result of anti-farm legal guidelines 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 in opposition to their curiosity, the Centre has been sustaining that these legislations are pro-farmer.

Hundreds of farmers have been tenting at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur, protesting the three contentious legal guidelines since November 26, 2020.

The Supreme Courtroom had, on October 21, stated the farmers protesting at Delhi’s borders have the appropriate to agitate however they can not block the roads indefinitely. PTI

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