Concertina wires sandwiched between 4 layers of yellow barricades, slightly method off, buses and vans parked criss-cross vogue – the Delhi Police have left little to probability of their efforts to cease Uttar Pradesh farmers from crossing over into Delhi by the Ghazipur-Meerut freeway.
On this February morning, the farmers stood behind the barricades – on the identical spot the place they’ve been ready for greater than two months. Most have made themselves comfy, spreading rugs and mats on the freeway the place they sit and chat. The meals is introduced in from the langar and at midday and within the night, they sit in rows for a easy meal.
Simply 5 days in the past, this had been the stage for prime drama. Rakesh Tikait, dealing with a police ultimatum to vacate the freeway with the remainder of the farmers, had damaged down in full view of cameras near midnight.
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“I would reasonably face bullets than go away,” he had declared emotionally, injecting hope and keenness right into a motion flagging after the Republic Day tractor rally misadventure.
His dogged refusal had not solely stopped farmers about to depart the positioning, it additionally acted a name to farmers deep within the hinterland, who began transferring in direction of Delhi.
The Delhi police preparations began quickly after. Energy and water for the farmers had been curtailed.
The damaged barricades of Singhu and Ghazipur recent of their thoughts, the police additionally deliberate a three-layer safety. Between the barricades and criss-cross buses, the police, three-deep, stand in riot gear.
This Freeway has 14 lanes – seven from Ghaziabad to Delhi which have been blocked by farmers for greater than two months. However seven lanes from Delhi to Ghaziabad had been open besides one or two events, after they had been jammed by agitating farmers.
On January 26, because of the tractor rally, police barricaded the Delhi to Ghaziabad facet too. Now it has been fortified on the Ghazipur border (as you’ll be able to see in video) as administration has apprehension that farmers might attempt to enter Delhi.
Day-after-day, since, has been a nightmare for office-goers. With the border utterly sealed, the choice route is jammed 24×7 and a drive that earlier took 45 minutes, is now taking on something between two and 4 hours.