With the “Delhi Chalo” march by farmers scheduled for February 13, extensive security preparations have been made across the Punjab-Haryana borders. Authorities have implemented several precautionary measures, including jersey barricades and prohibitory orders, to manage the large-scale protest effectively.
Security and Precautionary Measures:
- Barricades and Orders: Jersey barricades and prohibitory orders have been placed not only at the Haryana-Delhi borders but also in areas anticipating high protest activity, aiming to regulate movement and ensure public safety.
- Concrete Barricades: The Haryana and Delhi Police have installed concrete barricades at strategic locations like the Tikri border in Jhajjar’s Bahadurgarh and Singhu in Sonepat, equipped with water cannons and cemented containers to prevent unauthorized entry into the capital.
- Road Spikes and Barbed Wires: Alongside the physical barriers, road spikes, barbed wires, and a significant deployment of police personnel underscore the authorities’ commitment to maintaining order during the protest.
- Makeshift Jails: Anticipating a large turnout, the Haryana government has converted two stadiums—Chaudhary Dalbir Singh Indoor Stadium in Sirsa and Guru Gobind Singh Stadium in Dabwali—into temporary detention centers for protesters.
- Section 144: A ban on assembly has been imposed in 15 out of 22 districts in Haryana, with specific directives issued to petrol pumps in Sonepat to restrict diesel sales to farmers, minimising the potential for large convoys of tractors.
- Border Restrictions: Section 144 has also been enforced at key border points including Ghazipur, Tikri, and Singhu, with the Delhi Police issuing orders to prohibit public gatherings in these areas to preserve peace and prevent disturbances.
The Delhi Traffic Police has issued an advisory alerting vehicle owners about traffic restrictions and diversions, advising adherence to the guidelines for smooth transit across the affected regions.
Traffic Advisory— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) February 11, 2024
In view of the proposed farmers' protest at various borders of Delhi from 13.02.2024, traffic diversions will be in place.
For commercial vehicles, traffic restrictions/diversions will be imposed from 12.02.2024.
Kindly follow the advisory.#DPTrafficAdvisory https://t.co/S9L5KcUffy
The farmers’ march comes two years after a significant agitation for a law guaranteeing Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha, representing over 200 farmer unions, are leading this renewed call to action, highlighting ongoing concerns over agricultural policies and farmer welfare.