New Delhi, November 28th
Some groups of farmers from Uttar Pradesh gathered with their vehicles on the border with Ghazipur on Saturday afternoon and supported the agitation of their colleagues from Punjab against the new agricultural laws of the center.
A senior Delhi police officer said that around 200 farmers had arrived at the UP Gate (Ghazipur border) as part of the marching call “Delhi Chalo” from farmers’ organizations in Punjab and police officers had spoken to them.
The protesting farmers have parked their vehicles in a row in the designated spot to avoid any inconvenience to the public and to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, he said.
“The farmers are demanding that they go to Delhi, but we are talking to them. There are currently around 200 of them. You are sitting at the UP Gate, ”said Jasmeet Singh, Deputy Police Commissioner (East).
Amid a heavy police presence, thousands of Punjab and Haryana farmers were stuck at the Singhu and Tikri border points for the third day in a row on Saturday, even after being offered an area in north Delhi for peaceful demonstrations.
At the border point of Singhu, the number of farmers increased, as farmers gathered there, more demonstrators joined and they refused to move towards the Sant Nirankari Ground.
After a meeting at the Singhu border, a peasant leader said they would continue their protest there.
“We will not move away from here (Singhu border) and continue our struggle. We will not return home. Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana have come to join the protest, ”he said.
Farmers protesting the centre’s three agricultural laws have expressed concern that the laws would pave the way for the abolition of the minimum support price and leave them at the “grace” of big companies.
The center has invited several farmers’ organizations from Punjab to Delhi for another roundtable in December. PTI