New Delhi, Oct. 1 -- The Supreme Court on Thursday said public roads and highways cannot be "perpetually" blocked, taking a dim view of the Union and state governments' inability to resolve the protracted problem of farmers blocking highways as part of their ongoing protests against the three contentious farm laws. Main highways into and out of Delhi have been partially blocked since last November inconveniencing local residents as well as travellers.

A bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh emphasised that it is the "duty" of the executive to implement the law on ensuring agitations do not block movement on public roads before such protests start being viewed as an incentive by one section of society or another.

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