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Farmers’ Chakka Jam: Extensive Barricading At Delhi Borders, Drones, High Alert

Mumbai: Police are on high alert in Delhi on Saturday ahead of a three-hour nationwide blockade of state and national highways by farmers, who are intensifying their agitation against three agricultural laws through ‘Chakka Jam’.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella organization of farmer unions, said that emergency and essential services such as ambulances and school buses would not be stopped during the ‘chakka jam’.

However, farmer leaders have said that the Chakka jam running from 12 noon to 3 pm will not affect Delhi. Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh will also not witness any road blockade, although the protesting farmers have been asked to remain on standby, Khet Union leader Rakesh Tikait confirmed. Tikait is the spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union and one of the leaders who led the farmers’ movement.

It said in a statement that about 50,000 personnel of police, paramilitary and reserve forces are guarding various key points in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). At the ITO intersection, multilevel security measurements were observed as police attached barbed wire above their barricades. Heavy barricades were also installed on Minto Road which is near the Red Fort.

Police has also deployed drones in the national capital to monitor the situation. At least 12 metro stations have also been put on alert in the national capital.

The ‘Chakka Jam’ is being staged as a symbolic protest against extra security around the internet borders and protest areas on the Delhi borders. Since November last year, thousands of farmers from different parts of the country including Punjab, Haryana and West Uttar Pradesh have been protesting against the three agricultural laws brought by the Center

Calling the agriculture reforms anti-farmers, the protesters are demanding a repeal of the laws. They are also demanding a legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP) for their produce.

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