Ghazipur and Singhu Border News: Farmers Refuse to Leave Ghazipur Protest Site; Singhu becomes a fortress | India News
Security was tightened at the Singhu border, where farmers have been protesting for more than 60 days after the R-day violence (Credit: ANI)
NEW DELHI: Law and order agencies moved to protest sites to vacate Delhi border points where farmers have camped for more than 60 days and are now protesting against the new farm laws. Even when authorities warn of forced eviction, farmers continue to arrive at various protest sites from neighboring states.
On Friday, at some protest sites, locals clashed with farmers to demand that they leave because the rioters lost favor since the violence on Republic Day.
Thousands of farmers attend mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar to support BKU
Tens of thousands of farmers gathered in the city of Muzaffarnagar on Friday to attend a mahapanchayat in support of the Bharatiya Kisan Union-led protest against the Center’s new farm laws in Ghazipur, on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border.
A day after BKU leader Rakesh Tikait collapsed in Ghazipur and tension soared amid fears that farmers who had been camping there for two months were forcibly evicted by the local administration, all roads in western Uttar Pradesh seemed to lead to Muzaffarnagar.
Singhu becomes a fortress; No one is allowed to enter the protest site
Multi-tiered security arrangements, barricades placed everywhere and all entry points sealed, the Singhu border, the nerve center of the ongoing farmers’ protest with thousands of security personnel seen marching on the site, became in a fortress on Friday. The increased security measures and restrictions were implemented after the violence on Republic Day that left 394 police officers injured and one protester dead. No one, not even media personnel, can enter the protest site with the area cordoned off by multiple concrete barricades and intermodal containers.
While there was a sense of unease among some protesters, nothing changed in the respective stages of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) and Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti (KMSC), where decibel levels, courtesy of fiery speeches, were high as before.
Farmers refuse to leave the Ghazipur protest site
Farmers who held a protest against the farm law on the Ghazipur border on Friday said they do not accept the administration’s notice to vacate the protest site and will not leave until the government repeals these laws. “We do not accept the notifications given by the government. You cannot return to the houses until the laws are repealed. We are protesting here peacefully,” said a farmer from the Rampur district.
Locals clash with farmers in Singhu
Delhi police fired tear gas shells and also resorted to a light lathi charge on Friday after Singhu’s border between Delhi and Haryana witnessed clashes between agitated farmers and locals, who wanted the area cleared. immediately. Hundreds of locals arrived at the protest site and asked farmers to clear the site, claiming their presence was creating problems. After this, there was a stone throwing between both groups. Delhi police and security personnel deployed to the Singhu border had to resort to firing tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd at the protest site. A Delhi police SHO was injured in a fight on the Singhu border.
More farmers arrive at Ghazipur border protest site
Crowds increased at the Ghazipur border on Friday when around 1,000 farmers from western Uttar Pradesh joined members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) who have stayed on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway to demand the repeal of the laws. Agri, while several farmers from Haryana decided to move towards the borders of Delhi to join the stir. Despite the ultimatum from the Ghaziabad administration to the protesters to leave the UP Gate protest site, more farmers from the western districts of Uttar Pradesh such as Meerut, Baghpat, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Moradabad and Bulandshahr arrived at UP Gate early in the morning.
More Haryana farmers to head to protest sites
Several farmers from parts of Haryana decided on Friday to head towards the Delhi borders to join the ongoing agitation against the Agri laws, saying that the government’s measures against peasant leaders will not weaken their protest. Farmers from Jind, Rohtak, Kaithal, Hisar, Bhiwani and Sonipat will head to various protest sites in Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur, Haryana peasant leaders said.
Delhi CM Kejriwal expresses support for farmers
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fully supports the farmers’ ongoing protest, qualifies their demands as valid and attempts to discredit them are completely wrong, said Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain and Raghav Chadha visited farmers on the Singhu border.
Rakesh Tikait Alleges BJP Members Posed As Farmers
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesman Rakesh Tikait alleged on Friday that BJP leaders and workers posed as farmers and carried out acts of vandalism in the national capital on January 26 to smear their image. “Two MLAs from the BJP came along with 400 people to smear the image of farmers on January 26. They tried to target Sikhs and portray them as anti-nationals. We do not trust the UP government after this,” Tikait said on Friday while he was addressing the media. He also criticized the Uttar Pradesh government for cutting off water and electricity supplies at the border. Earlier, the Delhi police had sent a notice to Tikait asking him to explain why legal action should not be taken against him for violating the agreement with the police regarding the tractor rally on January 26.
RSS men working against the farmers’ movement: Satnam Singh Pannu
The leader of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC), Satnam Singh Pannu, claimed on Friday that the central government is sending people affiliated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to instigate clashes at the protest site. “The Modi government is using unhealthy tactics to delegitimize our movement. They are sending people from the RSS to instigate confrontations here; they did it twice yesterday. We will make sacrifices but we will not return until the laws are repealed,” Pannu said.
(With inputs from agencies)