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Delhi-Noida border sealed amid farmers’ agitation march

Centre to meet with protestors

The protest slowed down the movement of vehicular traffic on various routes, including key stretches of the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and DND that thousands of commuters opt for daily.

Screenshot 2024 02 09 041834NOIDA: Three Union Ministers – junior Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda, junior Home Minister Nityanand Rai, and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal – will meet representatives of the protesting farmers in Chandigarh at 6 pm on Thursday.

With the scheduled the BJP-led Centre hopes to end the woes of the protesting farmers who have planned – a tractor march – to highlight demands like a law to guarantee MSP for crops, pension for farmers, and crop insurance.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday stepped up security along its borders with Delhi as thousands of farmers and villages descended on the ground with a plan to march to the Parliament, officials said.

In a video message shared by news agency ANI, a senior cop said that heavy forces have been deployed at the Noida-border crossing and that the border will be sealed for 24 hours.

Motorists spent hours in the crawling traffic as the police personnel with heavy equipment were on alert to restrict movement on the road at the Delhi-Noida borders near Mayur Vihar, as the farmers tried to enter the national capital.

Under the banners of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha, farmers on Thursday gathered outside the NTCP office in Noida Sector 24 and the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority’s office, demanding 10 percent of abadi land.

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait joined the protestors in Greater Noida in the afternoon, where his Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) members have been protesting outside the local authority office.

In Noida, the protestors are led by the Bharatiya Kisan Parishad, whose activists have held camps outside the local authority office since December 2023.

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