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Police start clearing barricades at Ghazipur, Tikri sites, farm leaders say stand vindicated

At 8 am on Friday, the Delhi Police began eradicating the iron and cement barricades close to the farmers’ protest web site on the Ghazipur border utilizing six JCB machines and hydra cranes.

Law enforcement officials and labourers have been additionally seen eradicating the iron nails that have been embedded on NH-9. By night, mud, plastic waste, and rubble lay scattered throughout the highway.

A number of layers of iron and cement barricades, and at the very least 5 layers of concertina wires, have been put up by police within the wake of the January 26 violence throughout the farmers’ protest in opposition to the three farm legal guidelines.

Talking to The Indian The Press Reporter, DCP (East district) Priyanka Kashyap stated they have been eradicating barricades from Ghazipur and visitors motion would resume within the coming days. She added that every one barricades, together with the yellow Delhi Police ones, might be eliminated.

Extremely positioned sources stated directions got here from the House Ministry. A number of rounds of conferences have been held by the MHA within the final 10 days, a number of of which have been attended by Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana.

“Farmers’ teams had claimed roads have been blocked by police, which affected interstate motion of individuals and business automobiles. MHA not too long ago requested Asthana in regards to the barricades and it was learnt the choice was taken by former police chief S N Shrivastava put up the January 26 incident. After a number of rounds of conferences and discussions with UP and Haryana law enforcement officials, it has been determined to take away all barricades and restart visitors motion,” stated a senior police officer.

The same scene performed out on the Tikri border as nicely the place layers of concrete barricades have been being damaged down and eliminated utilizing JCB machines. “We’re eradicating barricades from Tikri border,” DCP (outer district) Parvinder Singh stated.

The transfer comes following the Supreme Courtroom’s October 21 statement that protesters can not block public roads indefinitely. “Finally some answer must be discovered. We’re not in opposition to the appropriate to protest even when a authorized problem is pending. (However) roads can’t be blocked like this,” Justice S Ok Kaul, heading a two-judge bench additionally comprising Justice M M Sundresh, had stated.

Farm union leaders stated the transfer vindicated their stand that that they had by no means blocked roads on the metropolis border factors.
Senior SKM member Dr Darshan Pal stated: “Thus far, there is no such thing as a name to go to Delhi. Any future plan of action might be determined in a gathering of the SKM.” BKU president Gurnam Singh Charuni stated, “Site visitors motion was allowed by protesters prior to now too and might be performed even now.”

The Ghazipur web site now resembles what it was when the protests first started, however with a lot fewer protesters. The identical variety of tents are current, and farmers take turns to go to the positioning and have a tendency to work and household.

Hundred metres from the barricades, farmers mentioned the opportunity of coming into Delhi however stated it might depend upon what their leaders say. Vikas Malik (42), a protester from UP’s Shamli, stated: “The state of affairs has solely gotten worse within the final yr. Not solely are we not getting MSP for sugarcane, however we have now not been receiving funds on time in the previous few months.”

SP Singh (52) from Bulandshahr has written over 100 poems since he joined the protest final November. Singing in regards to the protests, freedom, and farm legal guidelines as cranes continued to take away the barricades, he stated: “If we don’t write in regards to the wrongdoings of as we speak, what response will we give our youngsters years later?”

Deadlock at Tikri

In an try to open the Delhi-Rohtak nationwide freeway, officers of Haryana and Delhi held a gathering with farmer
leaders at Mini Secretariat, Bahadurgarh, (Jhajjar) Friday. Whereas farmer leaders supplied to open a 5-ft passage, Jhajjar DC Shyam Lal Poonia stated an settlement couldn’t be reached.

Sources claimed round 10 pm, police eliminated a layer of concrete block and opened 20 toes of the highway, prompting protests from farmer teams. Balkaran Brar, a farmer chief, stated, “We had stated we are going to comply with open a 5-feet observe so two-wheelers can cross. However, police tried to surreptitiously open all the highway at evening. We obtained data and reached the spot, and began protesting. After mediating with police, the barricades have been put up once more. We had instructed police we may have a gathering on November 6 and inform them of our determination. However they breached our belief…”

(inputs from Raakhi Jagga & Sukhbir Siwach)

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