BAREILLY: Days after signboards calling for boycott of BJP were put up in Shamli, similar boards came up in Sambhal, stating that the entry of BJP functionaries was restricted in the villages. Police intervened and removed the boards. The police move, however, was condemned by BKU members who said they would now paint walls of their houses and shops with similar messages. “If police can put up iron nails and barbed fences to stop farmers, can’t we put up signboards,” asked BKU members.
The development came days after Bharatiya Kisan Union’s national president Naresh Tikait suggested a social boycott of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh while addressing a mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar. The signboards had come up in two villages—Chandawli and Bhadraula—of Sambhal, which were later, allegedly removed by Sambhal police.
Speaking with TOI, BKU zonal general secretary, Sambhal, Sanjiv Gandhi said, “On the lines of Shamli, signboards had been put up at the entrance of Chandawli and Bhadraula villages here in Sambhal on Sunday as a part of our ongoing agitation against the farm laws and BJP government. However, it is learnt that police in Sambhal removed the signboards. Since the boards were removed in the absence of villagers and farmers, there is no evidence that these were removed by the police but we are certain that the police removed the signboards.”
Gandhi added, “We condemn this action of police as we were not causing any harm to anyone. It was a part of our ongoing protests and if police can put up iron nails and barbed fences to stop us, can’t we put up signboards?”
“Not just Sambhal, similar signboards have come up in several villages of neighboring Amroha district, including Sadarpur, Rasoolpur Ganwari, Hasampur, among other villages, disallowing entry of BJP functionaries in these villages. We will soon be having a meeting with the Samyukt Kisan Morcha as to what should be done to take this forward as the boards are being taken off,” Gandhi said.
Sambhal police, meanwhile, denied removing any such signboards and claimed that the BKU members themselves had removed them.
On Sunday, BJP functionaries, including Asmoli MLA Narendra Singh and zila panchayat members had to leave Timanpur village in Sambhal after farmers raised slogans against the party. A video of the incident had gone viral on social media later.