Nationwide road blockade for three hours at 12 noon today, but no ‘chakka jam’ in Delhi, UP and Uttarakhand

Barbed wires on police barricades along a blocked highway as farmers continue their protest against the central government's recent agricultural reforms at border in Ghaziabad

There will be no ‘chakka jam’ or road block in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Saturday, though farmers across the country are likely to protest on national highways, an umbrella body of farmers said on Friday. The statement comes days after a tractor rally on Republic Day by farmers in Delhi turned violent.

On Friday, Rakesh Tikait’s Bhartiya Kisan Union decided not to go ahead with its road-blockade plans for UP and Uttarakhand, citing inconvenience to sugarcane farmers there and the possibility of unruly elements infiltrating the stir again. In UP and Uttarakhand, the union plans to submit memoranda against the new farm laws to the local administration in various districts.

In a statement, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha said that is participating in the protest to demand repeal of the three new farm laws and said essential services such as ambulances and school buses will not be stopped during the ‘chakka jam’ scheduled to be organised between 12 pm and 3 pm.

“We have evidence that a few people would attempt to spread violence at these places. So we have decided to not block roads in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand,” Tikait said.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been camping at three border points in Delhi – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – for over 70 days.

“There will be no chakka jam programme inside Delhi since all the protest sites are already in a chakka jam mode. All roads for entering Delhi will remain open except where farmers’ protest sites are already located,” the farmers’ group said in the statement.

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