After 11 months, authorities on Saturday opened a one-way road from Delhi to Haryana after removing barriers on the Tikri border where thousands of farmers were protesting against the three agricultural laws. The road was opened after meetings between farm union leaders and the police. Delhi Police on Thursday evening began removing the barriers and barbed wire they had placed at the Tekri border on the Delhi Rohtak Expressway.
Police also removed similar barriers on a lane of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway at the Gazipur border on Friday. However, traffic on the extension has not started yet. Deputy Commissioner of Police (External) Parwinder Singh said: “We had a meeting with the farmers’ leaders in the morning and then around 1pm the road towards Haryana from Delhi was opened and traffic started.” Saying that traffic is allowed at certain timings, however, we opened the road for 24 hours. Passengers using small cars can pass across the road.” Farm union leaders have expressed concerns that since their tents are on the road, should heavy vehicles pass and crash into any protesters, it is a law and order issue, Singh said. Heavy vehicles are allowed to roam there and for this reason, we have now decided to allow such vehicles, including trucks and buses, on this stretch.” One farmer said that traffic is allowed an extension on Saturday for light vehicles, including bicycles, auto rickshaws, cars and ambulances. Opening will help The road stretching at Tekri border thousands of commuters in Bahadurgarh and Delhi as well as those traveling between the national capital and going to Rajasthan from Haryana.While the police removed a large part of the barriers, wires and iron nails from the NH-9 (Delhi-Merut Expressway) at the Gazipur border by evening On Friday, the tents and other buildings erected by protesters there continued. Police erected multiple layers of iron and cement barriers with barbed wire last year. To make arrangements after the January 26 violence in Delhi during farmers protest against three new agricultural laws for the centre.
Rakesh Teket, leader of the Bulgarian Union Party, said the future course of the protest would be decided by SKM. BKU office officials said the farmers want to go to Delhi once the barriers are completely removed and they are open to talks with the center to resolve the situation.
Union spokesman Saurabh Upadhyay had earlier said, “If the government wants to end the stalemate, it should talk to the farmers now and we are ready for that. But if it wants the farmers’ movement to continue, we are determined to prolong it. It has been 11 months since the protests began.” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Eastern) Priyanka Kashyap said, “The process of removing the barriers from National Highway 9 has begun. The temporary barrier has been removed to facilitate the movement of vehicles. However, National Highway 24 was already open to traffic.” Kashyap said the police had removed the barricades on their end and were ready for the vehicles to move. The process of removing the barriers began in the wake of a Supreme Court directive on October 21, which called for roads that had remained off-limits to be opened for passengers due to protests against anti-farm laws at Delhi border points in Singo, Tekri and Gazipur.
While the protesting farmers claim that the three laws enacted last year are against their interest, the center has maintained that these legislations are pro-farmers. Thousands of farmers are camping in Tekri, Singo and Gazipur, protesting the three controversial laws since November 26, 2020.
The Supreme Court said, on October 21, that the protesting farmers on the Delhi border had the right to stir up unrest but they could not block roads indefinitely.