In view of farmers' protest, Delhi Police beefs up security at Delhi-UP border


The protest at the Ghazipur border entered its 68th day on Monday. 


In view of ongoing farmers' protest at the borders of the national capital against the Centre's three farm laws, security at the Ghazipur (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh) border has been tightened.

The Delhi Police blocked roads near Akshardham and vehicular movement has been restricted between Delhi and Ghaziabad on National Highway-24, newsagency ANI reported.

The protest at the Ghazipur border entered its 68th day on Monday. 

On January 22, during the 11th round of talks with protesting farmers, the government proposed to suspend the new legislations for one-and-a-half years and also proposed to set up a joint committee to discuss the Acts.

The tension between the government and farmers protesting the farm laws has escalated after the violence which broke out in various parts of the national capital during the farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day.

Several public and private properties were damaged in acts of vandalism by the protestors during the farmers' tractor rally on January 26.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait was issued a notice by the Delhi Police on Thursday, asking him to explain as to why legal action should not be taken against him for breaching the agreement with police regarding the tractor rally on January 26.

Tikait instead asked the government to take action on those who lathi-charged farmers on Republic Day. 
While crying in front of the media, he had said : "I will commit suicide if the laws are not repealed. We will not vacate the protest sites."

The emotional appeal of the BKU spokesperson triggered more and more farmers to join the protest overnight at the Ghazipur border. As a result, security was heightened at other Delhi borders as well, including Singhu and Tikri, to avoid any unwarranted situation. 

Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws - 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.
The next round of talks between the farmers and the Centre is scheduled for February 2.


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