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Dilli Chalo: UP farmers stage sit-ins, block roads in many districts against farm bills

Dilli Chalo: UP farmers stage sit-ins, block roads in many districts against farm bills

Eastern Times: November 27, 2020,New Delhi: Farmers in several district of Uttar Pradesh join protests called by Punjab and Haryana farmers’ who are marching towards the national Capital with their “Delhi Chalo” slogan against the three Central farm laws, on Friday and staged sit-ins and demonstrations at many places in the state, including in Lucknow.

Other places hit by farmers’ stir included Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat and Gautam Budh Nagar in western UP, besides Jhansi and Jalaun in its Bundelkhand region, where the peasants’ gathering on main roads resulted in major traffic disruptions.

The key roads affected by the stir included Delhi-Dehradun National Highway and the Jhansi-Mirzapur highway.

Near Delhi, hundreds of western UP farmers belonging to Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat and Gautam Buddh Nagar reached the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Greater Noida on Friday and headed to the national capital in response to a “Delhi Chalo” after a brief halt there.

In Lucknow, Harnam Singh Verma, vice president of UP unit of Bharatiya Kisan Union, led a protest in Naubasta Kala under Chinhat police station area on Friday morning. He said, 77 farmers were arrested during the protest. Police, however, said some farmers were briefly detained.

“Our agitation will not stop. Farmers will march to Delhi from Lucknow on tractor-trollies,” Verma said.

In Lucknow, farmers held protests at five venues where they were detained and later released, said Joint Police Commissioner Naveen Arora.

Dilli Chalo: UP farmers stage sit-ins, block roads in many districts against farm bills

“The total number of agitating farmers were around 250 and none of them was arrested,” Arora added.

With the western UP farmers joining the stir and blocking several stretches of the Delhi-Dehradun Highway, the traffic on the almost entire stretch of this road, right from Hardwar to Delhi had to be suspended, leading to long queues of vehicles.

In Baghpat, BKU activists blocked traffic on the Sonipat highway with tractors and raised slogans against the new farm laws.

The BKU had given a call to stage protests on the national highways of the state after which traffic routes had been diverted in the district.

In Jhansi, farmers held protests in Mauranipur and Moth tehsils, where they accused the government of working against their interests.

Kamlesh Lambardar, Jhansi district president of BKU said they handed over a memorandum to the block development officer.

The memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanded an immediate release of farmers arrested during the agitation and rollback of the “anti-farmer laws”. The agitation continued for over two hours here, officials said.

In Jalaun, farmers blocked Jhansi-Mirzapur highway but the police later managed to restore the traffic there.

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