The nationwide ‘chakka jam’ or road blockade commenced at noon on Saturday with farmers protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws and were seen blocking roads and national highways in cities and towns across the country.
Barring Delhi, the blockade took place in other parts of the National Capital Region, and the rest of country.
The Delhi Police has strengthened security arrangements at all border points in the national capital. The police has erected multi-layer barricades to stop the movement of vehicles at the Ghazipur border. Barbed wires have also been put up to keep off people on foot.
Drone cameras were deployed at Tikri border on Saturday to monitor the law and order situation.
“Around 50,000 personnel of police, paramilitary and reserve forces deployed in Delhi-NCR region. At least 12 metro stations in the national capital have been put on alert for closing the entry and exit, in view of any disturbance,” Delhi Police said.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of the farmers’ unions protesting against the farm laws, said emergency and essential services such as ambulances and school buses will not be stopped during the ‘chakka jam’
Haryana Police has also stepped up security measures in a bid to maintain law and order. Senior police officers have been asked to personally supervise security and traffic arrangements at vital junctions and roads while district police chiefs have been directed to ensure deployment of adequate personnel, according to an official communication issued to them.
The entry and exit gates of 10 metro stations in the National Capital have been closed, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation announced.