Farmers protesting against the new farm laws continued their sit-in at the Noida-Delhi border for the second day on Wednesday, major to the closure of a important route that connects Uttar Pradesh with the national capital. The route, even so, was partially opened for commuters coming in from Delhi. The Noida Traffic Police in the morning advised commuters heading to Delhi to take the DND or Kalindi Kunj route alternatively of the Chilla route by way of the Noida Link road which was closed due to the demonstration given that Tuesday evening.
One of the carriageways on the route was opened in the evening, enabling commuters coming from Delhi to enter Noida as the protestors continued to sit on the other side of the road amid heavy police deployment. “One of the carriageways has been opened to allow people coming from Delhi to enter Noida or UP. The law and order situation is under control. Some farmers are still on the other side of the road,” Noida Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajesh S told PTI at 5.30 pm.
He stated the police and PAC personnel are deployed at the border in sufficient numbers and some protestors who had gathered below the Mahamaya flyover, disrupting the road website traffic, have been shifted to nearby ground and the route cleared. The protestors at the Delhi-Noida border belong to many districts of western UP like Gautam Buddh Nagar, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Kasganj and Firozabad and want to attain the national capital to join the larger stir launched by farmers of Punjab and Haryana against the Centre’s agriculture reform laws.
The farmers at the border are affiliated to many groups, like the factions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union but have been prevented by the UP and the Delhi police from proceeding to the national capital. “The farmers can be allowed further movement if they agree that they will move straight to Burari in Delhi and not go elsewhere in the national capital. The Delhi Police has already given them this condition and offered to escort them to Burari but the protestors are not agreeing to the condition,” a senior police official stated.
Meanwhile, the protestors looked ready to remain place at the border for a longer duration as some of them cooked their meals in huge utensils, although some had been noticed taking a nap on mattresses with other folks enjoying hookah on the important road. “We are not going back until our demands are met. We want to go ahead and join the farmers who have come from Punjab and Haryana for the cause of the farming community,” stated Mahender Kumar, a Firozabad resident.
Hundreds of farmers are presently staying place at Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. They have expressed apprehension that the Centre’s farm laws — the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 — would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum help price tag program, leaving them at the “mercy” of massive corporates. However, the government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers superior possibilities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.