A young boy from the Gaziabad area came to the protest with a tiffin full of parathas made of cakes and water.
Residents brought water from clay pots and food made at the home of Baratiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Saturday in support of the ongoing struggle against new farm rules, as long as local authorities send drinking water tanks and mobile toilets to the protest area.
Tikait has called on the government to reinstate internet services, which have been banned by the Center from protesters at the Delhi border on Saturday.
A young boy from the Gaziabad area came to the protest with a tiffin full of parathas made of cakes and water. Some people in western Uttar Pradesh including areas such as Muzaffarnagar, Greater Noida, and Meerut have also reached the Ghazipur border with water and milk in clay pots to feed protesters.
The supply of water and energy to the protest area was disrupted by local authorities two days ago following a protest by the protesters to vacate the area on Thursday night, prompting Tikait to say it would only drink water if farmers brought in from their villages but continued unrest. .
Frustrated with tears, tears welled up in Tikait’s eyes, who had announced that he would rather commit suicide than end the farmers’ strike.
“The BJP is plotting to weaken farmers,” said Tikait, a day after a BKU member filed a complaint at the Kashambi police station with two BJP MPs for allegedly plotting violence in a protest area.
A police official confirmed to PTI that the complaint was made by Loni Member Nand Kishor Gujjar and Sahibabad Member Sunil Sharma but the FIR had not yet been lodged.
Tikait also urged the Center to bring back online resources to the protest areas so that farmers can post their views and demands on social media.
In addition to sending water tanks, the bodies of the Ghaziabad community also installed mobile toilets at the protest site on Saturday, as support for the farmers’ protest flooded the Delhi-Meerut highway which is in Ghazipur which is on the border with Uttar Pradesh.
The Barrat Kisan Union-led protest against the centre’s new farm rules here looked set to be small on Thursday but some protesters joined the unrest, following a farmers’ mahapanchayat on Saturday in Muzaffarnagar, with supporters marching from Haryana and Rajasthan provinces.
“The organization was strong and powerful,” BKU president in the Meerut Zone Pawan Khatana told PTI.
Khatana, who is on display with BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, said there had been ongoing support for a “peaceful protest” against farmers’ demand for the removal of new agricultural laws.
“This is not a political protest. Anyone who shares the views of BKU and Rakesh Tikait is welcome here. But it is our request to those who do not wish to support the party to the end that we ask you not to come and leave,” he said.
Asked about the size of the limited crowd in the area, the leader of farmers in western Uttar Pradesh said, “Farmers come in to show solidarity and leave. It’s not a standing crowd.”
On Friday night, BKU office officials estimated a crowd of about 10,000 people in Ghazipur while Ghaziabad police officers identified about 5,000 to 6,000.
Security deployments, including Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), Ripid Action Force (RAF) personnel in anti-violence boxes and community police, were carried out at the protest site.
Meanwhile, Delhi traffic police said traffic on the National Highway 24 (Delhi-Meerut Expressway) was closed.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting at the Delhi , Haryana and also Uttar Pradesh borders, which is demanding the reinstatement of the Farmers ‘Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of the year 2020, Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Security) , 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Protesting farmers have expressed concern that the rules will pave the way for the dismantling of the low-cost subsidy scheme (MSP), leaving them at the “mercy” of large companies.
However, the government has maintained that these new laws will create better opportunities for farmers and introduce new agricultural technologies.