Farmers’ protest leaves three more Delhi border points closed, heavy police deployment

Heavy police force was deployed on national capital’s border points on Tuesday with concrete barriers and multilayered barricades put in place as farmers agitating against the Centre’s new agri laws blocked the Delhi-Noida border.

Two more border points connecting the national capital with Gurugram and Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh were closed as precautionary measures, leading to heavy traffic jams in several parts of the city, Delhi Traffic Police issued traffic advisory.

With this, in total five border points, including Singhu and Tikri, have been closed due to the protest.

Five border points closed in Delhi-NCR due to farmers’ protest

1. Chilla border connecting Delhi-Noida

2. Jhatikra border which connects Delhi with Gurgoan

3. Jharoda border which connects Delhi with Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh

4. Singhu border

5. Tikri border

The protest by farmers at the Delhi border points entered the sixth day and is set to continue as the critical talks between three Union ministers and farmer groups ended in a stalemate on Tuesday after they rejected the government’s suggestion of a new committee to look into issues raised by agitating farmers.

The two sides, however, decided to meet again on Thursday.

Traffic movement affected due to protests

On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of farmers gathered at the Noida and Delhi border, stopping traffic movement on a key route connecting Uttar Pradesh with the national capital, officials said.

“The Chilla border that links Delhi to UP through Noida has been closed. Those drivers who want to go to Noida can take U-turn from under the Ghazipur-Akshardham flyover and also through Sarai Kale Khan,” the Delhi Traffic Police tweeted. Its Noida counterpart also took to Twitter to caution commuters.

Later, two more border points connecting the national capital with Gurgaon and Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh were also closed as precautionary measures.

On Sunday, the protesting farmers had threatened to block five border entry points of the national capital, PTI reported.

The Jharoda border which connects Delhi with Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh was closed by the Delhi Police for traffic movement and the commuters were suggested to take alternative routes.

A senior police officer told PTI, “We received inputs that some farmer groups may try to block the road, so as a preventative measure, we have closed the Jharoda border to avoid any untoward incident.”

“We have also enhanced our security arrangements at the border with multiple barricades. At present, the situation is under control and there are no protestors at this border point.”

The officer added that Jhatikra border which connects Delhi with Gurgoan has also been closed after the farmers threatened to block the entry points to Delhi but there are no protestors here.

Checking intensified at borders

According to police, checking of vehicles has also been intensified at the border points as a precautionary measure in view of the “Delhi Chalo” protest march by farmers.

Cemented barriers and multilayered barricades have been put up besides heavy security deployment at Ghazipur border near the UP gate where many farmers have been protesting since Saturday, a police officer told PTI.

(With inputs from PTI)

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