The three-hour nationwide “chakka jam” blockade of national and state highways by farmers protesting against the Centre’s farm laws is being held amid a high alert in Delhi today. A group of farmers has blocked the Eastern Peripheral Expressway around Delhi and the highway at Haryana’s Palwal along with several others. The framers have said there will be no blockade in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand in case they are “called to Delhi”. In Bangalore, 30 people have been taken into preventive custody.
Here are the top updates you need to know:
- Framers have blocked the highway from the Delhi-Haryana border at Kundli to Palwal. The movement of ambulances and essential services has not been stopped. The Pathankot-Jammu Highway has also been blocked.
- The Punjab-Haryana border has been sealed and several interior routes have also been blocked.
- Bharti Kisan Union general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said they are holding road blockades at 33 places in 15 districts including Sangrur, Barnala, and Bathinda in Punjab.
- Delhi, which saw violence during Republic Day’s tractor rally, has been under a security blanket. Around 50,000 police, paramilitary, and reserve forces personnel have been deployed in the Delhi-NCR region. Access to at least eight Metro stations has been shot since morning.
- At Delhi’s ITO which saw violence on Republic Day as a group of framers made their way to the Red Fort, there has been a huge police presence. The police have placed a water cannon vehicle and “Vajra” which is used as a riot control vehicle.
- “There will be no road blockade in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand tomorrow; roads will be blocked in the rest of the country excluding Delhi. The reason is that they can be called to Delhi any time, so they are kept on standby,” Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said.
- Congress has extended support to the nationwide blockade. “The peaceful satyagraha of annadatas is in national interest these three laws are not just harmful for framers-labourers, but also for the people and the country, Full Support!!” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.