Delhi Police removed a large part of the barricades and barbed wire they had put up at the anti-agricultural laws protest site in Gazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, as dozens of protesters continued to stay on Friday. Multiple layers of iron and cement barriers, and at least five layers of barbed wire were laid last year. Arrangements were reinforced after the January 26 violence in Delhi during farmers’ protest against three new agricultural laws for the centre.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Priyanka Kashyap said: “The process of removing the barriers from National Highway 9 has begun. The temporary barrier is being removed to facilitate the movement of vehicles. However, National Highway 24 was already open to traffic.” The opening of the extension of the road would help Thousands of passengers are in Ghaziabad, Delhi and Noida as well as those traveling between the national capital and inland areas of Uttar Pradesh, towards Meerut and beyond. Police officials and workers were also seen removing iron nails that had been docked at NH-9 in Gazipur, where hundreds of protesters, mostly members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), have occupied an extension of the road since November 2020.
The BKU union, a participant in the anti-agricultural laws movement led by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) – an umbrella group of more than 40 agricultural unions – asserted that the blockade was carried out by the police, not the farmers. Trade union leader Rakesh Teket 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. Saurabh Upadhyay, a spokesman for the university, said, “If the government wants to end the stalemate, it should talk to the farmers now and we are ready for it. But if it wants the farmers’ movement to continue, we are determined to prolong it as it has been 11 months since the protests began.” While the police removed a part Large barricades, wire and iron nails from the NH-9 (Delhi-Merut Expressway) by evening, tents and other temporary structures erected by protesters there continued.
The Secretary General of the Uttar Pradesh Unit at BKU University Pawan Khatana said, “The government said they did not put up the barricades and we said the government and the police have set up barricades. We are sitting on the Delhi border and as soon as the barricades are removed we will head towards Delhi. We will go to Parliament, where the enactment has been made. laws.” The process of removing the barriers began following an October 21 Supreme Court directive that called for roads that remained off-limits to be opened for travelers due to protests at Delhi border points in Singo, Tikri and Gazipur while protesting farmers were claiming that the three laws enacted last year were inconsistent With their interest, the center was saying this legislation is pro-farmers.
Thousands of farmers are camping in Tekri, Singo and Gazipur, protesting the three controversial laws since November 26, 2020. According to a senior police officer, some layers of barricades placed by police on the Tikri border were removed Thursday night.
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.