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A day after stand-off, farmers allowed to enter Capital

Farmers replacing deflated tyres in their tractors.

Farmers replacing deflated tyres in their tractors.   | Photo Credit: Varun Gupta

Barricades at the Delhi-UP border were removed at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Early Wednesday morning, barricades put up at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border were removed to allow farmers of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), camped at Ghazipur, to enter the city and complete their march to Kisan Ghat, union leaders said.

“The government realised their mistake and decided to let our tractors in,” said Naresh Tikait, president of Bharatiya Kisan Union, adding that “the police were very helpful and facilitated our movement. Most of us have now started back for home.”

DCP East, Pankaj Kumar confirmed that the barricades were opened around 1 am and the farmers were allowed into the city.

 

At the border are of Ghazipur where thousands of farmers were camped on Tuesday, a handful remained, to have breakfast and fix punctured tractor tyres before returning home.

In a tweet, Ghaziabad District Magistrate said, “After rounds of meetings the Kisan Yatra agitation ended yesterday night and all have moved back to their destinations. district traffic should normalise today.”

Spokesperson for the union, Yudhvir Singh said: “The government has told us that our remaining demands require some financial deliberations for which they will need time, so we have decided to call of the rally and go home. And if they aren't met then we will return.”

A handful of farmers were gathered at Kisan Ghat in the morning said they were there for some mental peace and through the media, assure their leaders that they would be willing to give up their lives for the cause if asked for.

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