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Farmer Protests Day 7: Delhi-Noida Border Closed

By: Sashwata Saha
02 Dec 2020 5:36:12 PM Delhi

Farmers protesting against Centre’s farm laws continued their sit-in at the Noida-Delhi border for the second day on Wednesday, leading to the closure of the main route connecting Uttar Pradesh with the NCR.

 

The Noida Traffic Police has advised commuters travelling to Delhi to avoid using the Chilla route and instead take the DND or Kalindi Kunj route.

 

Hundreds of farmers affiliated to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and other groups had gathered at Uttar Pradesh border on Tuesday evening. Heavy security was deployed to prevent them from proceeding towards Delhi to join farmers of Punjab and Haryana in their protest. Other groups from various districts of western Uttar Pradesh and want to reach Delhi to join the larger agitation.

 

Meanwhile, farmers who have agreed to negotiate with the government have gathered at the Burari grounds and are inspecting the location. The Times of India reports that police personnel were deployed at the Nirankari grounds and senior officers inspected the site to supervise necessary arrangements. Armed security was deployed at a gathering of farmers near the Haryana-Delhi Singhu border. 

 

Farmers are protesting against the three agricultural laws passed by the Parliament in September. The three laws, that according to the farmers would make them vulnerable to corporate exploitation are -- The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.


However, the Centre has stuck to its line that the laws are favourable for the farmers. On his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “New dimensions are being added to agriculture and its related activities in India. These reforms have not only broken shackles of farmers but have also given new rights and opportunities for them.”

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