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Farmers’ Protest: Several Delhi Metro stations closed ahead of ‘Chakka Jam’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: In view of three hours long national ‘Chakka Jam’ (road block) called by the protesting farmers, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has shut down the entry and exit gates at several metro stations, mainly in north and central Delhi.

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The entry and exit gates of Mandi House, ITO, Delhi Gate, Vishwavidyalaya, Lal Quila (Red Fort), Jama Masjid, Janpath, Central Secretariat, Khan Market and Nehru Place are closed as a precautionary measure due to the protests against Centre’s new farm laws.

Also the extra security of over 50,000 personnel deployed to avoid any violence and barricades put up at several points across the city could potentially lead to traffic congestion on many key Delhi roads. Extensive measures have been undertaken at the focal point of protest Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, Ghazipur with even water cannon vehicles deployed.

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To avoid recurrence of Republic day violence, Red Fort area has been given particular focus today.

Moreover, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of the farmer unions protesting against the contentious agricultural laws, on Friday announced this to be a “peaceful” protest and that the demonstrators will not block roads in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the ‘chakka jam’. However, the union leader asserted that crop growers in other parts of the country will block national and state highways for three hours, but in a peaceful way.

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