Deadlock continues as farmers’ protest enters Day 7, Delhi-Noida border shut | 10 points

Thousands of farmers protesting against the new farm laws continue their agitation in Delhi after Tuesday’s talks with the Centre remained inconclusive.

Border points in Delhi remain under heavy police deployment with barriers and multilayered barricades in place with farmers continuing their sit-in at the Noida-Delhi border for the second day on Wednesday.

The protest by farmers is set to intensify after the critical talks between the central government and farmer groups ended in a stalemate after farmer unions rejected the government’s suggestion of a new committee to look into issues raised by agitating farmers. Live Updates Here

Here are top 10 developments as farmers’ protest enters Day 7:

1. Protesting farmers attempted to remove police barricades at the Delhi-UP (Ghazipur-Ghaziabad) border as they continued their sit-in at the Noida-Delhi border for the second day, leading to the closure of a key route that connects Uttar Pradesh with New Delhi.

2. The Noida Traffic Police has advised people travelling to Delhi to avoid using the Chilla route and instead take the DND or Kalindi Kunj route. “The Chilla route is obstructed due to the farmers’ sit-in demonstration at the Noida-Delhi border. Kindly use alternative routes (DND or Kalindi Kunj) to reach your destination,” the Noida Traffic Police tweeted.

3. Hundreds of farmers affiliated to the Bharatiya Kisan Union and other groups gathered at the border Tuesday evening where heavy security remain deployed on Noida and Delhi sides.

4. Farmers at the Delhi-Noida border reportedly belong to various districts of western Uttar Pradesh and want to reach Delhi to join the bigger stir launched by farmers of Punjab and Haryana against the Centre’s agriculture reform laws.

5. In Delhi, Tikri border, Jharoda border, Jhatikra border have also been closed for traffic movement. Badusarai border is open only for two-wheeler traffic, Delhi Traffic Police said on Wednesday. A day before, two border points connecting Delhi with Gurgaon and Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh were closed as precautionary measures, leading to heavy traffic jams in several parts. Singhu and Tikri remain closed due to the protest.

6. Group of farmers, meanwhile, continued their protest at the Singhu border in Delhi. Speaking to news agency ANI, Gaurav Sharma, DCP, Outer North-Delhi, said, “Positive dialogue being held with the protesting farmers here. We have arrangements in place to contain any law and order situation.”

7. Haryana Police on Tuesday issued a traffic advisory asking travellers to avoid Singhu and Tikri borders to enter Delhi. “Travellers should avoid approaching the national capital from the Singhu border situated on National Highway No. 44 (Ambala-Delhi) due to the gathering of farmers between Rai and Kundli (both in Sonipat district). Those wanting to go to Delhi from Ambala side are requested to take the Panipat – Rohtak – Jhajjar – Gurugram – Delhi route (a longer route),” a spokesperson of Haryana Police said.

8. Farmer unions on Wednesday said they will write a letter to the Centre listing their objections to the new farm laws. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday said the farmer unions were asked “to come with specific issues in the laws and we are ready to discuss and address their concerns” and they will meet again on December 3. On when the deadlock will end, he said, “The time will decide.”

9. All eyes are now on the meeting of the farmer unions with the Centre on December 3. The talks between the Centre and agitating farmer unions on Tuesday failed to end the standoff over the new farm laws.

10. Farmers camping at Delhi borders for seven days now continue to get support from more quarters. On Tuesday, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar Azad joined the protesting farmers at the Delhi-Ghazipur border. In Chandigarh, former sportspersons, including wrestler Kartar Singh, said they will return their awards in protest over the “use of force” against the peasants en route to Delhi. Bilkis Dadi, the octogenarian who was the face of the anti-citizenship law protest in Delhi, was stopped by Delhi Police personnel at the Singhu border when she tried to join the protesters.

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