Updated: November 1, 2021 7:43:09 am
The removal of barricades from Delhi borders has triggered a wave of apprehension among protesting farmers of Haryana, with senior BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni announcing that the peasants will march to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence if any attempt is made to remove them from the protest sites forcibly.
Chaduni on Sunday toured several places of Karnal, and urged farmers to increase their numbers at all dharna venues of Delhi borders. In a video message to the farmers later, Chaduni said, “The government has been trying to open the borders for the past many days. There is afratafri (chaos) among the people. There are talks that the government will get the roads cleared before Diwali. We would like to warn the government that it should not be mistaken.”
Urging the farmers to remain alert and be prepared to move to Delhi even at night, Chaduni further said, “If the government tries to open the roads, then this time Diwali will be celebrated at the door of Modi. We will camp there. We are sitting (at the borders) peacefully. Still, if the government tries to disturb them and try to forcibly remove them, then the farmers of the country will move to Delhi.”
Meanwhile, a mahapanchayat was held at Khatkar toll plaza near Jind on Sunday, where farmers vowed to resist any attempts to remove them forcibly. Students and youths also attended the event. During the mahapanchayat, there was an overwhelming view that the farmers should remain alert if any attempts were made to remove the farmers forcibly at the borders of Delhi. In the past, the use of force against the farmers has proved counter-productive to the authorities.
A farmer leader, requesting anonymity, said, “There is a growing sentiment among the agitators that the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) should take a strong view of the efforts to open the highways even when the farmers are sitting on the roads as part of their agitation against the three contentious farm laws.”
For the past few days, Delhi police have been removing barricades at borders to facilitate traffic movement on the highways leading to the National capital. Currently, the farmers are sitting on the highways at Singhu border, Tikri border, and Ghazipur border.
Earlier, the farmers had reacted sharply when the road leading to Delhi at Tikri border was opened by the police on Friday evening without the consent of the agitators. Following opposition from the farmers, the border was closed again. On Saturday again, a five-feet passage on one side of the Rohtak-Delhi highway (NH-9) at Tikri border was opened for vehicular traffic after farmer leaders held a meeting with Delhi Police. The farm leaders said that they had agreed to allow passage of two-wheelers, pedestrians, and ambulances from 7 am to 8 pm till November 6, when a meeting of SKM is scheduled in which the future course of action will be decided.
The protesting farmers have expressed apprehensions of accidents taking place if all stretches of the highways are opened together when hundreds of protesters were still camping in the area. Recently, three protesters from Punjab had been killed when a speeding truck had hit them near Tikri border.
The Delhi Police on Thursday evening had started removing the barricades and concertina wires it had put at Tikri Border on the Delhi-Rohtak highway. The police had also removed similar blockades on one of the carriageways of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway at Ghazipur border on Friday.
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