Farmers’ protest: Traffic in Capital comes to a halt, heavy security leads to chaos | Delhi News – DollarJob

Farmers’ protest: Traffic in Capital comes to a halt, heavy security leads to chaos | Delhi News

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Barricades at Delhi’s borders with Gurgaon and Ghaziabad saw snaking lines of cars as farmers from Punjab kicked off their protest march towards the Capital, following their rejection of the Centre’s five-year minimum support price (MSP) proposal.

Though the farmers have been stopped by police at Punjab’s borders with Haryana, the impact was witnessed in Delhi as commuters spent hours trying to travel through the two NCR (national capital region) towns to Delhi.

The Delhi, Gurgaon, and Ghaziabad police, meanwhile, made elaborate arrangements including several layers of barricading, concertina wire, and concrete blocks to restrict vehicular movement. This led to traffic chaos at places such as Rajokri and Sarhol borders, Delhi-Gurgaon Highway (NH-48) and Delhi-Bahadurgarh Highway during peak office hours — on Wednesday morning and evening. The impact was also felt in areas like ITO, Dhaula Kuan, Rajokri, Ashram, Mathura Road, and at entry and exit points of Delhi borders.

The Gurgaon Police, meanwhile, said that barricading by the Delhi Police was the reason behind the crawling traffic on Wednesday.

“Police are checking vehicles on the Delhi side, leading to slow vehicular movement. As it is the peak hour, the condition got worse on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway,” said an officer.

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Meanwhile, the Delhi Police beefed up security across the national capital on Wednesday and directed the personnel to ensure strict vigil at Tikri, Singhu, and Ghazipur borders as the protesting farmers announced to continue their ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Jimmy Chiram said that there was sufficient deployment of the force, besides paramilitary personnel, at the Delhi-Haryana borders. “Our motive is not to disturb traffic, but to ensure safety, security, and law and order. Deployed teams are checking all the vehicles to ensure that farmers do not enter the national capital.”

Delhi Police officers also said that security personnel deployed at the three borders, on Tuesday, were asked to stay on alert as commuters might face traffic congestion.

The two border points of Delhi and Haryana — Tikri and Singhu — are sealed with heavy deployment of police personnel and paramilitary forces, as well as multi-layered barricades of concrete and iron nails. Two lanes of the Ghazipur border have also been shut with multiple layers of barricading and police personnel deployment.

Security personnel have been directed to not even allow one protester or vehicle to enter Delhi, said a senior police officer, adding that mock security drills were also conducted.



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