Mumbai: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Tuesday temporarily closed the entry and exit gates of more than 10 metro stations in central and north Delhi, with tractor rally leading to violent protests against farmers.
Thousands of farmers entered the national capital on Tuesday against the Center’s three controversial agricultural laws.
The Delhi Police had allowed farmers to hold their tractor rally on select routes only after the official Republic Day parade at Rajpath. However, clashes broke out between the protesting farmers and police at several places in the national capital when the protesters marched towards central Delhi and closed the road ahead of schedule.
Taking to Twitter, the DMRC informed the public about the temporary closure of metro station gates.
” Entry/exit gates of Indraprastha metro station are closed. Entry/exit gates of Samaypur Badli, Rohini Sector 18/19, Haiderpur Badli Mor, Jahangir Puri, Adarsh Nagar, Azadpur, Model Town, GTB Nagar, Vishwavidyalaya, Vidhan Sabha and Civil Lines are closed,” the DMRC tweeted.
“Entry/exit gates of ITO metro station are closed,” it said in another tweet.
Entry/exit gates of all stations on green line are closed. https://t.co/qsvJv21u3q
— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation I कृपया मास्क पहनें😷 (@OfficialDMRC) January 26, 2021
Entry and exit gates for many stations at the Delhi Metro’s Green Line stations have also been closed.
In view of the rally, Delhi Police has severely affected the movement of vehicles after blocking several major routes. Entry into Delhi from neighbouring Gurgaon is blocked at both points; From MG Road and from Delhi-Jaipur Highway.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been opposing agricultural laws since the last week of November. The Center has held eleven rounds of talks with farmers to end the deadlock over the laws but has so far failed to yield any concrete results. Farmers recently rejected the Center’s proposal to suspend the laws for 18 months.