Delhi Police intensifies patrolling on Monday in view of ‘Bharat Bandh’, additional personnel deployed

New Delhi, 26 September

Delhi Police has intensified patrolling and deployed additional personnel in the border areas of the national capital ahead of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by farmers’ unions on September 27 to protest against the Centre’s three agricultural laws, officials said on Sunday.

The United Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of over 40 agricultural unions spearheading the farmers’ movement, had earlier appealed to people to join the bandh.

According to the police, patrolling has been intensified, with additional personnel deployed at checkpoints especially in the border areas and every vehicle entering the national capital is being thoroughly checked.

A senior police officer said that adequate security arrangements would be made to maintain law and order in the national capital on Monday in view of the bandh.

The official said no protesters would be allowed to enter Delhi from the three protest sites on the city limits.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Deepak Yadav said, “Adequate security arrangements have been made as a precautionary measure in view of the Bharat Bandh.

The picketing has been strengthened in the border areas and there will be adequate deployment at all important installations including India Gate and Vijay Chowk.

An official said that no information has been received about any protest in the city so far, but all precautionary measures are being taken to avoid any untoward incident.

“Security will be preventive and we are on full alert. There is no ‘Bharat Bandh’ call in Delhi, but we are monitoring the developments and adequate number of personnel will be present on the spot.”

A police official from the outer district said no protesters would be allowed and additional forces were already deployed in the district after farmers staged a sit-in at Delhi’s Tikri border.

“But all the roads connecting Delhi with the villages near the border areas will be strictly checked. All vehicles at the picket will be thoroughly checked. The SKM had also asked the political parties to “stand with the farmers to defend the principles of democracy and federalism”.

On completion of ten months of this historic struggle, the SKM has called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Monday (September 27) against the anti-farmer Modi government.

“SKM appeals to every Indian to join this nationwide movement and make ‘Bharat Bandh’ a resounding success. In particular, we welcome workers, traders, transporters, traders, students, youth and women and all of the social movements Appeal to the organizations to extend solidarity with the farmers on that day,” the SKM had said in a recent statement.

The shutdown will be from 6 am to 4 pm, during which all government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments as well as public events and events will remain closed across the country.

All emergency establishments including hospitals, medical stores, relief and rescue operations and those attending essential services and personal emergencies will be exempted.

Farmers in different parts of the country, especially Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting along Delhi’s borders since November last year, demanding the repeal of three controversial agricultural laws, which they fear. Minimum Support Price system will be abolished. Left them at the mercy of the big corporations.

However, the government is touting three laws as major agricultural reforms. More than 10 rounds of talks between the two sides have failed to break the deadlock. PTI

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