Delhi Police Tightens Security at Borders as Farmers’ Protest Continues | Key Updates

Delhi Police enhances security measures ahead of farmers' proposed march towards the city. Clash between protesting farmers and Haryana police reported at Punjab-Haryana border. Get the latest updates on the ongoing agitation.

Delhi Police Tightens Security at Borders as Farmers’ Protest Continues
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New Delhi, Feb 21: Delhi Police has heightened security measures in the national capital in anticipation of the proposed march by protesting farmers. Clash between the farmers and Haryana police personnel erupted at the Punjab-Haryana border near Ambala on February 13, escalating tensions in the region.

In preparation for the impending protest, Delhi Police deployed security personnel at strategic points including Tikri, Singhu, and Ghazipur border areas. Mock drills were conducted on Tuesday to ensure readiness and vigilance among the deployed forces.

Despite the Centre’s proposal to purchase pulses, maize, and cotton crops at minimum support prices (MSP) for a five-year period, farmer leaders have rejected the offer. They remain steadfast in their determination to continue the ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation on Wednesday, emphasizing that the proposal does not adequately address the concerns of the farming community.

The proposed traffic arrangements have prompted Delhi Police to advise commuters to avoid certain central roads in the city on Wednesday. IP Marg, ITO Chowk, DDU Marg, BSZ Marg, JLN Marg, Shanti Van crossing, and Rajghat crossing are among the areas where commuters are urged to exercise caution due to anticipated disruptions from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Amidst the preparations, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha continue to lead the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march, underscoring the collective determination of the protesting farmers.

Key details of the ongoing agitation include the heavy deployment of police personnel at the Tikri and Singhu borders, which are sealed with multi-layered barricades comprising concrete and iron nails. Additionally, two lanes at the Ghazipur border have been closed off with similar barricades and police presence, with the possibility of further restrictions on Wednesday if deemed necessary.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Jimmy Chiram has affirmed the sufficient deployment of forces, including paramilitary personnel, at the Delhi-Haryana borders. Security measures are in place to prevent any unauthorized entry into Delhi, with mock security drills conducted to ensure preparedness.

The Delhi Police has stockpiled 30,000 tear gas shells, underscoring the readiness to address any potential escalation in the ongoing farmers’ protest.

As tensions persist and the standoff continues, Delhi remains on high alert, with security forces maintaining a vigilant presence at key border points to safeguard public safety and maintain law and order amidst the ongoing agitation.

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