After Delhi Police removed barriers at the Tikri and Gazipur border, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Saturday said it “will not allow the free flow of traffic unless farm laws are repealed”. However, the protesting farmers opened part of a closed road in Tikri to make 5 feet of space for ambulances and ambulances.
On Thursday and Friday, Delhi police removed barricades and barbed wire from farmers’ protest sites at the Gazipur and Tikri borders. It was installed 10 months ago to prevent farmers, who were protesting the Center’s Three Farming Laws, from marching towards the national capital.
Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Astana was quoted by ANI news agency as saying that “general people who travel regularly are facing a lot of problems because of this, so we have decided to open the borders for their convenience.”
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Fear of an incident like Lakhimpur Kheri
Farmers’ unions said allowing the movement of heavy vehicles could endanger the lives of angry farmers. “If some elements repeat violence like Lakhimpur here, who will be responsible for it?” said the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Dakunda and Punjab chief Bhuta Singh.
“Yesterday during the talks between SKM, Haryana Police and Delhi, it was mutually decided to open a 5-foot road for the movement of two-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles. But Delhi Police removed all the barriers around 8.30 at night.”
Farmers demonstrating on the Tikri border. (Photo: India Today/Sreya Chatterjee)
Another farm leader, Balkaran Singh Prair, said, “We do not agree on ATVs and other heavy vehicles due to the security of the camps at the protest site. However, two-wheeled bikes will be allowed.”
SKM, an umbrella body for farmers’ unions that is leading the protest against the center’s three farm laws, said the government should “open the corridor to meet farmers’ demands” by fully opening roads at protest sites.
Meanwhile, Delhi Boli alleged that farmers did not support opening the road for 24 hours. “The commanders were saying that traffic is allowed at a certain time, but we opened the road for 24 hours. Passengers using small cars can pass across the road,” Deputy Police Commissioner (Foreign) Parwinder was quoted by PTI news agency as saying. Singh as saying.
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Rakesh Tikte statement
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.
However, SKM’s Bhuta Singh said he was “not responsible” for the FBiH leader’s statement on the move towards Delhi. “But the final word on the issue of the barricades will be taken by SKM at a joint meeting on November 6,” he said.
“If the government wants to open the corridor completely, it should also open the corridor to meet the demands of the farmers,” SKM said. (Photo: India Today/Sreya Chatterjee)
SKM Legal Team for Lakhimpur Kheri . Victims
A seven-member committee has been set up by SKM to provide legal assistance to farmers who have suffered damages in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. This team will continue the legal struggle against the accused, among them the main accused is Ashish Misra, son of Federal Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Misra.
“Members of the SKM legal team also met with officials of the UP government’s SIT and demanded the immediate release of two farmers arrested under FIR (No. 220 registered against unknown persons); they also demanded the immediate halt of police notices being sent to farmers in the FIR This is amazing “.
(with PTI input)
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