Farmers’ Protest: ‘Excess Force’ Removed After Midnight As Normalcy Returns At Ghazipur Border

New Delhi: Hundreds of members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) remained at the Delhi-Meerut Expressway early on Friday giving deaf ears Ghaziabad administration’s ultimatum to vacate the UP Gate protest site.

With frequent power cuts at the protest site in the evening, the confrontation between the farmers and the administration grew. Led by Rakesh Tikait, all BKU members were at the spot since November 28.

Tikait stayed at the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, the protest site, along with supporters even at 1 am. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway had been barricaded prohibiting traffic movement.

About 500 protestors were at UP Gate with more coming in from western Uttar Pradesh in the night on the call of the BKU, an influential farmers’ union in North India.

“Excess security force from the protest site has been withdrawn and only a minimal deployment of personnel remains there,” a Ghaziabad police officer was quoted as saying by news agency PTI on the condition of anonymity.

“The tension was building at UP Gate due to excessive deployment of force since Thursday evening,” the officer said.

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