Amid Farmers’ Protest, Tikri & Singhu Borders Closed for Traffic
Many farmers have refused to leave their spot near the Delhi borders despite a designated ground offered to them.
Amid the ongoing farmers' protest, the Delhi Police has closed the Singhu and Tikri borders with Haryana for traffic and heightened checking at other places, which has resulted in heavy traffic on alternate routes between Haryana and Delhi.
The Delhi Traffic Police posted a tweet early on the morning of Tuesday, 1 December, mentioning that both Singhu and Tikri borders are closed for the traffic.
The Delhi Traffic police stated that the borders which will remain open to Haryana are Jharoda, Dhansa, Daurala Jhatikera, Badusari, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam vihar and Dundahera.
They said the same about the Singhu border, adding that traffic is very very heavy on the route. Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba Chowk and GTK Road to prevent inconvenience to commuters due to rallying farmers, who have been travelling towards Delhi in buses, trucks and tractor-trolleys.
Farmers Refuse to Move Protest To Burari
On Monday, 30 November, many farmers have refused to leave their spot near the Delhi borders despite a designated ground offered to them at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in North Delhi's Burari area.
The farmers who had gathered on the Delhi borders were allowed only to move towards the Burari ground, that too escorted by the police. However, a large number of protesters at Singhu and Tikri asserted that they wished to go either to the Ramlila Maidan or Jantar Mantar in central Delhi to protest.
“We’ll not go to Burari (Delhi). Our 30 farmers’ organisations take decisions after consensus is developed. Our leaders will brief the media about it later today,” said Baldev Singh Sirsa, Farmers’ leader at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana), according to ANI.
Police officers were trying to convince farmers to proceed to the Burari ground, IANS reported, but the farmers seemed adamant, fearing that camping at the Burari ground would weaken their agitation against the three central farm laws.
Meanwhile, a section of Delhi-bound farmers who had gone to the Nirankari ground in north Delhi's Burari later returned on Saturday, saying that "it is a strategy to confine us".
"The police are not letting our tractor-trolleys to come out once we enter the ground. We don't want to go there now. We will lay a siege at the border entry/exit point only. We won't go to Burari," said a protesting farmer.
(With inputs from IANS and ANI.)
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