Wanted 'positive atmosphere', says Delhi Police on removal of barricades from farmers' protest sites

India Today
3 months ago

After removing barricades and barbed wires from farmers' protest sites at the Ghazipur and Tikri borders, Delhi Police said that it wanted to "create a positive atmosphere" for people who had been "facing a lot of problems".

"General public who travel on regular basis was facing a lot of problems due to this, so we decided to open the borders for the sake of their convenience," Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said as quoted by news agency ANI.

"After holding talks with farm leaders and Uttar Pradesh and Haryana police officials, it was decided to open borders and create a positive atmosphere," he further said, adding that barricades and barbed wires at the sites of farmers' protest were also affecting interstate travel.

On Thursday, Delhi Police started removing the barricades and barbed wires it had installed at the Tikri border 10 months ago to stop farmers, who were protesting against the Centre's three farm laws, from marching towards the national capital.

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The police repeated the action on Friday along the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border at Ghazipur. Multiple layers of iron and cement barricades and at least five layers of concertina wires were put up last year, and further strengthened after the January 26 violence this year.

Delhi Police took the initiative of removing barricades and barbed wires from borders after the Supreme Court said on October 21 that roads cannot be blocked indefinitely. However, the apex court had observed that the farmers have rights to protest.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting the Centre's three farm laws at three border points - Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri - outside Delhi since November 26 last year.

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