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Delhi: Ahead of farmers’ mahapanchayat at Jantar Mantar, heavy police deployment at Singhu, Ghazipur borders

Security beefed up due to farmers' mahapanchayat at Jantar Mantar in Delhi today, there is a possibility of long jam at many places. Farmers have started reaching Jantar Mantar in Delhi. The farmers have called this demonstration against unemployment.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Farmers head to the national capital. However permission was not given to farmers’ for mahapanchayat. Police have beefed up security at Singhu border and Ghazipur border amid calls for a protest by farmers at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar today. Heavy police deployments at Delhi borders and traffic police also issued advisory as Kisan andolan is back.

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Farmers have announced a sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar today against unemployment. Along with this, there are many more pending demands of the farmers. Earlier on Sunday, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait was detained by the police at Ghazipur border for trying to enter Delhi.

Earlier, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) – an umbrella body of farmers – had announced the beginning of its 75-hour sit-in in Lakhimpur Kheri of Uttar Pradesh from Thursday to press their pending demands.

Tikait alleged that the Delhi Police was acting at the behest of the Center and they were not allowed to meet unemployed youth. At the same time, a Delhi Police official said that Tikait, the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and an important face of the United Kisan Morcha (SKM), was stopped at the Ghazipur border around noon.

Special commissioner of police (law and order) Deependra Pathak said, “He was then taken into custody and taken to Madhu Vihar police station, where the police requested him to return.” He said that Tikait accepted the request of the police and he was sent back.

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Security beefed up at Delhi borders
Delhi administration is fully alert regarding the mahapanchayat of farmers. Police security has been increased at many places. In order to avoid any untoward incident, police have made heavy arrangements at Jantar Mantar in Delhi including Singhu border, Ghazipur border. Every incoming vehicle is being checked. Delhi Police Special Commissioner Law and Order Deependra Pathak said that he has appealed to the farmers not to go to Jantar Mantar. Doing so may disturb the law and order situation.

Delhi’s Jantar Mantar is also being closely monitored. Barricades have been set up to stop the farmers. At the same time, the metro has also been kept on high alert.

Delhi Traffic Police issued advisory
In view of the performance of the farmers, the Delhi Traffic Police has also issued an advisory. Many places in Delhi like Tolstoy Marg, Parliament Street, Janpath, Windsor Place, Connaught Place, Ashok Road, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Pandit Pant Marg and many adjoining roads are likely to remain congested throughout the day due to increased security.

At the same time, there is heavy jam on Ghazipur border adjacent to Delhi since morning. Such a situation has arisen due to the barricading and checking done by Delhi Police. There is a long queue of vehicles far and wide.

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