Noida: Farmers protesting the center’s new agrarian laws staged a “Havan” on a partially closed highway and offered prayers for the government’s “good sense” as it was placed on the Noida-Delhi border on Friday fourth.
The protests led to the partial closure of a major road linking Uttar Pradesh and the nation’s capital, with alternate routes between them having more traffic than usual during peak morning and evening hours.
Officials said some protesters, including some women, were camping on a freeway on the Delhi-Noida link road near the Chilla border, while some were performing at a nearby Dalit motivational stall near Mahamaya flyover.
“One carriageway on the Noida-Delhi road is closed and the other side is open from Delhi to Noida. The law is under control and the DND and Kalindi Kunj have been advised to take alternate routes for commuters.
More than a dozen protesters gathered at Chilla Road near the barricades at noon and usually sit on a “busy, highway” and march to and from Noida for a “Haven” demonstration. Protesters chanted “hymns” from the Gayatri Mantra and made prayers surrounding religious fire.
“Havan is being made to get ‘good sense’ for the government,” one of the protesters said.
Delhi-Noida Direct Express Highway and Kalindi Kunj – No more than normal congestion, Noida Traffic Police on Thursday suggested alternate routes instead of Chilla Road for a smooth ride. Snarls during peak hours on Friday.
Farmers belonging to the western Uttar Pradesh districts of Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Firozabad, Kasganj, Gautam Buddha city and the Indian Kisan Union, the Indian Kisan Union (Bhanu) and the Indian Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) are protesting at the border.
Farmers’ Production Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmer (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
He expressed fears that these laws would lead to the dismantling of the minimum support pricing system and lead to the “mercy” of large firms.
However, the government has asserted that the new laws will bring better opportunities for farmers and acquire new technologies in agriculture.

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