Days after barbed wire fences, concrete barricades and makeshift obstacles of buses have been put in place at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border – to just about imprison farmers protesting the agriculture legal guidelines – related measures are being rolled out at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border.
Delhi Police are digging up huge stretches of NH-44 to construct rows of barbed wires set in concrete, and are establishing strips of sharpened nails and iron rods in the course of the highway – these items that haven’t been dug up – to cease farmers and their tractors from getting into the nationwide capital.
The police have additionally positioned large delivery containers as non permanent partitions, have stopped all site visitors for a number of kilometres in all route, and deployed an enormous pressure, together with armed officers. They’ve additionally stopped media from getting into and suspended web providers since final week.
The scene resembles a world border – a line between two hostile forces.
Over the previous couple of days this has develop into the norm alongside the Delhi border, with barbed wire obstacles, strips of iron rods, and concrete partitions constructed to cease farmers from advancing into the town.
The escalation in containment measures comes after final weeks’ tractor rally descended into chaos; a bunch of protesters veered off the course farmers and police had agreed on, storming the Pink Fort complicated and clashing with cops on the ITO junction and Nangloi.
That violence – through which a farmer was killed and over 300 a whole bunch cops injured – was after protesters and tractors burst by means of police barricades, hours earlier than they have been to be allowed in.
Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava pointed to that when requested in regards to the new measures.
“I’m shocked that when tractors have been used… police have been attacked… barricades have been damaged on January 26, no questions have been raised. What did we do now? We’ve got simply strengthened barricading in order that it isn’t damaged once more,” he mentioned Tuesday.
The authorities have additionally suspended web providers in Haryana, the place the farmers are gathered, though it’s purposeful just a few hundred metres away, the place the police are amassed.
The farmers have additionally alleged that water tankers have been blocked off, however have reiterated that these “assaults” won’t break their spirit. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha mentioned “… trench-digging… fixing nails… barbed wire fencing… are all a part of a number of assaults (by the federal government)”.
These measures have drawn sharp criticism from these supporting the farmers and the opposition, for whom Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has led the cost.
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Yesterday Mr Gandhi lashed out on the authorities for “crushing” farmers and urged them to “construct bridges, not partitions”. In the present day he warned the federal government that the farmers wouldn’t again down.
Tens of 1000’s of farmers have been dug in since late November – and extra be part of them each day – of their battle to pressure the repeal of legal guidelines they are saying will endanger their livelihoods. The centre insists these legal guidelines will assist farmers and has refused to scrap them. It has, nevertheless, supplied a brief keep.
Their protest caught the eye of worldwide celebrities on Monday, when worldwide pop star Rihanna tweeted: “Why aren’t we speaking about this?”.
Rihanna’s tweet triggered a wave of help and in addition a pointy response from the federal government, which dismissed it as “sensationalist”.