New Delhi: The government is going to extraordinary lengths to ground the agitating farmers at three protesting sites from snapping internet, water and electricity being cut to securing the borders by planting iron grills, digging up the ground, spikes being cemented to the ground, layers of barricades being laid out with concrete poured for stability, concertina wire and boulders being placed to create more obstacles to prevent protesting farmers, who have been agitating against government’s new farm laws for over past two months, from entering the national capital.
The directions are not only to secure border and stall the farmers from entering Delhi but as suggested by a photograph of some policemen that went viral on Monday Delhi police is also given a steal made armour-like gear and lancers to apparently ward off repetition of Republic day like violence. However, when asked about the armoury, police officials clarified that their use was yet to be approved and only a few were being tested at Shahdara district. “We will not use them till our senior officers give us the nod,” said an official.
On the other hand, farmers’ are making their protest more extensive and gigantic as they on Monday announced a three-hour chakka jam on February 6 against arrests, internet shut down, sealing of roads, water supply and electricity cut of protesting sites, and of course, the farm laws. Meanwhile, the cops are imposing a kind of chakka jam of their own by installing tyre slashers.
As per reports, police commissioner S N Shrivastava paid visit to the Ghazipur border to take stock of the security arrangements there. He also addressed his men from atop a barricade.
On Sunday, another protesting site Tikri saw some consternation among the locals and farmers while roads were dug up on Sunday night. By Monday morning iron grills and spikes were installed in the dug-up area and cemented boulders were placed ahead of this area to separate the protest site from the cops.
Whereas, the main protest township on Delhi-Chandigarh highway, Singhu border woke up to concrete mixer truck pouring fresh batches of cement mixture in the wide gap between barricades, fortifying this later by welding iron rods with hooks to the barriers. The activity kept on going till evening as fresh batches of concrete barriers kept arriving while crane was arranging them in a maze.
The protesting sites which have now turned into police cantonments and give a feel somewhat of a war stricken country border, are fortified with five-layer barricading with trucks, cranes, containers and concrete bars on the Delhi side with a no-vehicle zone, several kilometres long, put in place. Furnished with Vajra vehicles, cranes and-riot control vans, this zone can only be accessed by the cops with the media being allowed to enter on foot.