High drama at Ghazipur border, stage set for farmer-police showdown

The administration said they were geared up to vacate the Ghazipur border, which had been sealed since the protest by farmers demanding the repeal of the started on November 26.

Heavy police deployment has been witnessed at both Ghazipur and Tikri borders.

There’s activity at the Singhu border as well. The Delhi Police has reportedly deployed a JCB earthmover to dig a road at the Singhu border that connects Delhi to Haryana.

The Delhi Police has registered 25 FIRs after the violence and booked 37 of the farm leaders who were involved in the talks. Following this, lookout notices were issued against the farmer leaders.

The notice read, “You are also directed to provide names of the perpetrators of such violent acts belonging to your organisation. You are directed to submit your response within 3 days.”

Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait has refused to budge from the Ghazipur border.

He said, “We’ll continue our sit-in protest and will not vacate site till talks with the government are held. The administration has removed basic facilities including water & electricity supply. We’ll get water from our villages.”

Delhi Police Commissioner SN Srivastava wrote a letter to personnel in which he wrote, “You showed great patience despite the farmers’ agitation turning violent. 394 of our friends were injured in the violence & some are in hospital. I met some of them, they are being given proper treatment.”

“I would like to tell you that the coming days can be very challenging for us. So, we will have to be alert. We will have to remain patient and disciplined. I thank you for your patience and restraint.”