Farmers protest: Delhi Police removes barricades from Tikri, Ghazipur borders
According to sources in the Delhi Police, a similar exercise is likely to be undertaken at the Singhu border post in the coming days.
The Delhi Police has begun clearing barriers at the Tikri and Ghazipur border crossings, where farmers have protested the Centre's three agricultural policies. JCB equipment was seen removing barricades in a video that went popular on social media. According to sources in the Delhi Police, a similar exercise is likely to be undertaken at the Singhu border post in the coming days. Police officers on the scene informed ANI that the path would be reopened after all of the barricades were removed.
Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait responded to the dismantling of the barriers by saying that blocking highways is not part of their protest. He went on to say that their tractors would reach Delhi and that they would sell their products at the Parliament. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has indicated that farmers may sell their harvests wherever and that if roads are open, we would also travel to Parliament to sell our crops," he added.
The action comes only days after farmers informed the Supreme Court that cops were to blame for the blockade at Delhi's borders. The Supreme Court ruled on October 21 that farmers have the right to agitate but cannot block highways indefinitely. Following the court hearing, the BKU alleged that Delhi police erected the barricades at the protest location, not farmers.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has invited the farmer unions to react within three weeks and scheduled a hearing on December 7. In November of last year, the police installed numerous barriers on the roadways, replete with gigantic nails and massive concrete blocks, to prevent the farmers from accessing Delhi. Thousands of farmers have been camped near the border crossings of Tikri, Singhu, and Ghazipur since November 2020.