Muzaffarnagar (UP), Jan 29: Tens of thousands of farmers gathered in Muzaffarnagar town on Friday to attend a mahapanchayat in support of the  Bharatiya Kisan Union-led protest against the Centre’s new farm laws, in Ghazipur along the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border.

A day after BKU leader Rakesh Tikait broke down at Ghazipur and tension spiralled amid fears that the farmers who had been camping there for two months would be forcibly removed by the local administration, all roads in western Uttar Pradesh seemed led to Muzaffarnagar.

The GIC ground near Mahaveer Chowk was packed, a sea of people congregating to back the protesters at UP Gate in Ghazipur. Hundreds of tractors with the Tricolour and flags of farm unions were parked along city roads, disrupting traffic movement. The GIC ground was the centrestage and scores of regional farmer leaders took the mike to back the protesters at the UP Gate in Ghazipur

The Tikait brothers, sons of legendary farm leader Mahendra Singh Tikait, are leading the BKU.

BKU members have been protesting at Ghazipur for over two months demanding roll back of the contentious farm laws brought by the Centre in September last year. – PTI