Iron nails, barbed wires, tear gas, concrete blocks at Delhi borders to stall farmers’ protest

Riot control vehicles, including water cannons, have also been deployed at many places at Punjab and Haryana borders.

BySouth First Desk

Published Feb 13, 2024 | 1:05 PMUpdated Feb 13, 2024 | 1:05 PM

Iron nails, barbed wires, tear gas, concrete blocks at Delhi borders to stall farmers’ protest

The police forces of Delhi and Haryana placed multiple levels of barricades, concrete blocks, iron nails and barbed wire on Tuesday, 13 February, in view of the farmers’ march to the national capital.

Riot control vehicles, including water cannons, have also been deployed at many places at Punjab and Haryana borders.

Authorities in Haryana have fortified the state’s borders with Punjab at many places in Ambala, Jind, Fatehabad, Kurukshetra, and Sirsa using concrete blocks, iron nails, and barbed wire to scuttle the proposed march.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have announced that more than 200 farmer unions would head to Delhi to press the Centre to accept their demands, including the enactment of a law to guarantee a minimum support price (MSP) for crops.

Police fire teargas shells

Meanwhile, Haryana Police hurled tear gas shells when a group of youngsters, who were part of the farmers’ “Chalo Delhi” protest march, allegedly tried to break barricades set up at the Shambhu border in Ambala.

Despite an appeal by the Haryana Police to stay away from the barricades, many youngsters continued to stay put and stood over the barricades, officials said.

When a few youngsters broke an iron barricade and tried to throw it off the Ghaggar river bridge, the police lobbed several rounds of tear gas shells.

They also used a drone later on to drop a tear gas shell.

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‘Intensified security’

In view of the “Delhi Chalo” march, the police have intensified security at the city’s border points with multi-layer barricades, concrete blocks, iron nails and walls of containers.

The Haryana government has imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in as many as 15 districts, prohibiting the assembly of five or more people and banning any kind of demonstration or march with tractor trolleys.

Security in Delhi has been intensified with multi-layer barricades, concrete blocks, iron nails and walls of containers at border points.

In Haryana, 64 companies of paramilitary personnel and 50 from the Haryana Police have been deployed across various districts.

These personnel are equipped with anti-riot gear and stationed in the border and the sensitive districts.

Additionally, drones and CCTV cameras are being used to monitor miscreants and mischievous elements, said a spokesperson.

‘Feels like citizens of another country’ 

The people of Punjab feel they are citizens of an enemy country, farmers’ body Kirti Kisan Union said, on Tuesday, while attacking the the Union government and Haryana governments for sealing the Punjab-Haryana borders.

Iron spikes, barbed wire, and concrete walls had come up along the borders, it said in a statement.

“BJP governments are creating an atmosphere of terror to scare people. The BJP government is treating the protesters as enemies of the country,” the statement alleged.

Meanwhile, one or more gates at eight stations of the Delhi Metro were shut on Tuesday morning.

However, these stations are not closed and entry and exit of passengers is permitted through other gates.

Official sources said the gates have been shut for security arrangements on instructions of police authorities.

Many gates have been shut at several stations — Rajiv Chowk, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhawan, Janpath and Barakhamba Road, a senior official said.

A gate at Khan Market metro station has also been closed on Tuesday, the official added.

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Delhi government refuses to create a makeshift jail

The Delhi government has rejected the Union government’s proposal to convert Bawana stadium into a makeshift jail in view of the farmers’ march to the national capital on Tuesday, officials said.

Delhi Home Minister Kailash Gahlot wrote to Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar denying permission and expressed solidarity with the farmers’ march, they added.

“The demands of the farmers are genuine. Secondly, it is the constitutional right of every citizen to make a peaceful protest. It is therefore, incorrect to arrest the farmers” Gahlot’s letter to Kumar read.

“The Union Government, infact, should invite them over for talks and try to find a solution of their genuine problems. Farmers of the country are our ‘annadata’ and treating them in this way by arresting them would be like rubbing salt into their wounds. We cannot be a party to this decision of the Central government,” Gahlot added.

(With PTI inputs)