Even as the farmers intensified their agitation demanding repeal of the three farm laws, the Yogi government has asked officials of districts neighbouring Delhi to prevent movement of farmers from Uttar Pradesh to hitch the dharna within the capital region (NCR).
Dharampal, a senior BKU leader told this reporter that farmers are being stopped from marching towards NCR. The police have come to varied villages in Meerut district asking villagers to not move out of the village limits. “The police in Aad, Afzalpur Pawati and Ajnauli villages of Meerut tehsil have prevented movement of villagers,” he said.
“We are becoming similar reports from Atta, Badauli and Bajidpur villages in Noida, and Achheja, Ajayabpur, Akalpur Jagir and Amka villages in Dadri tehsil. Thousands of BKU workers are being stopped in many other villages,” he said, adding that a lot of villagers wanted to provide milk and other essentials to agitating farmers but this supply route too is being blocked.
Rampal, another BKU leader, said that each one the farmers want to travel to Singhu border which is now the focus of the protests, but the UP Government is forcibly preventing the movement of farmers. By posting police forces at the villages, the Yogi government is twiddling with fire, he said.
“It seems BJP leadership has not learnt its lesson. it’s time and again provoking farmers. The result would be very detrimental,” he added.
A senior leader of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) Suresh Chaudhry said that in Ghaziabad, the local police have closed the routes on NH-9 and NH-24 from Ghaziabad to Delhi. On NH-1, each side of the route are closed near Shani Mandir.
“Earlier, the Ghazipur approach NH-24 was closed from Ghaziabad towards Delhi thanks to the farmers’ protests and other people were advised to avoid NH-24 but now this also has been closed,” he said, and added that at the Chilla border, one carriageway — from Delhi to Noida — has been opened for traffic. However, the opposite carriageway — from Noida to Delhi — remains closed.
BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said, “Farmers in Uttar Pradesh are fully supporting their counterparts in Punjab and Haryana and our protests will continue.”
He claimed that farmers in western UP districts including Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Bijnor, Hapur, Shamli, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Noida, Moradabad and Saharanpur also witnessed sit-in protests by the farmers who blocked the highways.
“Sit-ins were also observed by farmers within the Bundelkhand districts of Lalitpur and Jalaun,” he said.