Farmers’ protest at DND flyway ends; no obstruction in traffic

Pressing demands: Women farmers raise their hands in a symbolic gesture during a protest at DND flyway on Saturday.

Pressing demands: Women farmers raise their hands in a symbolic gesture during a protest at DND flyway on Saturday.  

After District Magistrate promised to look into their demands

Hundreds of farmers from Uttar Pradesh protesting near the DND flyway for enhanced compensation in lieu of their land acquired before 2013, ended their sit-in on Saturday after authorities assured them that their demand would be looked into.

“The protesters agreed to leave after they got an assurance in writing from the District Magistrate. They have been assured of a meeting in a week with local authorities like Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority over their grievances,” said SSP Gautam Buddh Nagar Vaibhav Krishna. The DND flyway, a crucial route connecting UP and Delhi, was shut briefly on Friday evening due to the protest.

The farmers, numbering around 500 from Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Aligarh and Meerut, had stayed put until Saturday afternoon.

Many of them were women, who had their hands raised and tied with a piece of cloth in a symbolic gesture expressing helplessness. “The protest got over around 2.30 p.m. and the farmers have vacated the spot,” said Mr. Krishna.

The situation at DND is now normal and there is no obstruction to traffic movement.

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