New Delhi: There was heavy deployment of security personnel at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh's Ghazipur border, where farmers from Uttar Pradesh have been protesting against the three farm laws for last two months.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait, who has been named in the Delhi Police FIR for the January 26 violence during the 'Kisan Gantantra parade' also made his appearance at the site and said that he will raise the issue of snapping of water and electricity supply at the site with the administration.
On Thursday afternoon, there was a heavy deployment of Delhi Police, Uttar Pradesh Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Rapid Action Force in the area.
The police also pressed drones for surveillance at the Ghazipur protest site, where the farmers have been sitting on protest against the three farm laws since November last year.
Addressing media, Tikait said: "I will meet the police and administration as they have cut the electricity supply and also stopped the drinking water facility since last night. And when there is no electricity and water supply, then it will affect our movement."
The Ghazipur protest site has seen several people leaving the protest site after the January 26 violence at several places in the national capital.
On Thursday, there were around 500 farmers and over 100 tractors, against the thousands there for last two months.
Ghaziabad admin ordered to get Ghazipur protest cleared
Ghaziabad: The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered the district administrations to get all the farmers protest site on the state's borders with Delhi vacated, officials said on Thursday.
The orders came two days after violence during the 'Kisan Gantantra parade' on the occasion of the Republic Day at several locations in the national capital.
The farmers at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh Ghazipur border had been sitting on protest against the three farm laws since November 26 last year, demanding the repeal of the three farm laws and ensuring the minimum support price (MSP) for their produce.
A senior police official wishing not to be named said, "Yes, we have received orders from the government to get all the farmers protest site on the borders of the state vacated."
Earlier in the day, there was heavy deployment of security personnel, comprising the Uttar Pradesh and Delhi Police, the Central Reserve Police Force and the Rapid Action Force at the Ghazipur protest site. The farmers have blocked the Delhi-Meerut highway from one side since November 26 last year.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait, who has been named in the FIR by the Delhi Police in connection with the Republic Day violence also made a presence at the Ghazipur border, after going underground for last two days.
A team of senior officials of the Ghaziabad police and administration also arrived at the Ghazipur border to apprehend him.
Police has come to arrest the agitating farmers: Tikait
New Delhi: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said on Thursday evening that the Uttar Pradesh Police has come to arrest the agitating farmers.
In an address from the dais of the farmers' union at the Ghazipur protest site, Tikait said: "Uttar Pradesh Police is trying to arrest us. Even the Supreme Court has favoured peaceful protest. There was no violence at the Ghazipur protest site."
"Despite no violence at the Ghazipur protest site, the government is trying to crush the farmers movement. This is the real face of Uttar Pradesh government," he said.
His remarks came after there was heavy deployment of police and security personnel at the Ghazipur protest site by Thursday evening. Tikait also claimed that no farmers have disrespected the Indian national flag.
He also demanded for a Supreme Court monitored probe against Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu, who was one of the persons who hoisted a pennant from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
Tikait said that people in Punjab have boycotted Sidhu. "A conspiracy is being hatched to end the farmers protest. The BJP is indulging in violence to end the farmers protest," he alleged.
The Ghaziabad District Magistrate and several other senior officials have arrived at the Ghazipur farmers protest site.