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Business News/ News / India/  Farmers' protest: Singhu, Tikri borders to be partially reopened as 'Delhi chalo' stir continues | VIDEO
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Farmers' protest: Singhu, Tikri borders to be partially reopened as 'Delhi chalo' stir continues | VIDEO

Delhi authorities start reopening Singhu and Tikri borders with Haryana after two weeks of closure due to farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' march.

Farmers pay tribute to a farmer who was allegedly killed in police action at Khanauri border amid their ongoing protest (PTI)Premium
Farmers pay tribute to a farmer who was allegedly killed in police action at Khanauri border amid their ongoing protest (PTI)

Authorities in Delhi have begun a partial re-opening of the Singhu and the Tikri border points amid the ongoing farmers' protest. The sites — located between Delhi and Haryana had been sealed two weeks ago as the ‘Dilli Chalo’ march was launched. The barricaded routes and subsequent clashes between agitating farmers and security personnel contributed heavily to commuter woes in recent days. 

A Delhi Police officer said one lane of the service lane at the Singhu border and one lane at the Tikri border are being opened to allow vehicular movement. The decision was reportedly taken after the protesting farmers announced a halt to their march till the end of the month. Officials have adopted a ‘wait and watch policy’ and indicated that the borders could be shut again in case of fresh upheaval. 

Farm leaders meanwhile insisted that their agitation would not end until their demands are met — even if the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls came into effect. The two border points were sealed on February 13 as protesting farmers from Punjab began their 'Delhi Chalo' march to press their demands — including minimum support price (MSP) for crops and a farm loan waiver.

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The move had led to traffic chaos at places like Rajokri border, Sarhol border, Delhi-Gurugram Highway (NH-48) and Delhi-Bahadurgarh Highway during the official hours from 7 am to almost 11 am. Several videos were shared online showing hundreds of vehicles stuck in traffic jam at Delhi-Gurugram and Delhi-Bahadurgarh roads due to the restriction of movement.

Thousands of farmers now remain camped at Khanauri and Shambhu with their tractor-trolleys and trucks still blocking the roads.

The march spearheaded by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha was put on hold earlier this week after a protester was killed and several police officials injured during clashes at Khanauri. Several other altercations have been reported in the ensuing days with two other protesters dying from heart attacks. 

 

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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Published: 25 Feb 2024, 12:06 AM IST
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