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Business News/ News / India/  Farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' Protest Enters Day 3: Key border points closed, movement of traffic affected

Farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' Protest Enters Day 3: Key border points closed, movement of traffic affected

As the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest enters its third day on February 15, the key Delhi-Haryana border points of Tikri and Singhu remained closed, while only Ghazipur has allowed movement, affecting traffic in the national capital

Barricades have been put in view of Delhi Chalo protest march call by farmers (Hindustan Times)Premium
Barricades have been put in view of Delhi Chalo protest march call by farmers (Hindustan Times)

Two crucial border points connecting Delhi and Haryana remain closed for traffic on the third day of the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest on February 15, PTI reported. Security personnel, equipped with anti-riot gear, are strategically deployed in the national capital.

While the Tikri and Singhu borders with Haryana remain closed, movement is permitted through the Ghazipur border with Uttar Pradesh, monitored by security personnel.

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Enhanced Vigilance: Police Deployed in Key Locations

Delhi Police is on extra vigilance, with barricades set up in central Delhi leading to Parliament and other sensitive locations. Protesting farmers have been halted at the Shambhu border between Punjab and Haryana near Ambala by the Haryana Police.

At the Tikri and Singhu borders, Delhi Police has implemented multiple layers of barricades, barbed wires, and concrete blocks to prevent farmers from entering the capital.

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Traffic movement at the Ghazipur border is impacted by barricades on the highway, but passage from both sides remains open.

As a precaution, streets and bylanes connecting Sonipat in Haryana to Delhi near the Singhu border have been dug up to hinder protesters' entry into Delhi.

With board exams commencing, authorities advise students in Delhi to leave early for their examination centres due to traffic disruptions, particularly in the city's border areas, amid the farmers' protest.

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Security personnel at the Singhu border tested the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), a system that can generate extremely high-frequency sounds to disperse crowds, according to sources.

A senior Delhi Police officer highlighted the tightened security arrangements this time, learning from past experiences.

In a bid to ensure smooth traffic flow in Delhi amid the farmers' ‘Delhi Chalo’ march on day two, the Delhi traffic police implemented stringent traffic restrictions and heightened security measures at border areas of Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri. Multiple layers of barricades have been set up, including barbed wires, nails, and substantial concrete blocks and containers to prevent a repeat of the 2020-21 protests.

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Protesters' Plans: Meeting in Chandigarh with Union Ministers

Farmer leaders plan to meet with three Union ministers in Chandigarh on Thursday, following which the protesters will decide their next course of action.

This marks the third day of the farmers' agitation, pressing the Centre to meet their demands, including a legal guarantee on Minimum Support Price for crops and a loan waiver.

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(With inputs from PTI, ANI)

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Published: 15 Feb 2024, 01:16 PM IST
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