Around 50,000 personnel of Delhi Police, Paramilitary and Reserve Forces were deployed in Delhi-NCR region to maintain law and order situation in Delhi on Saturday, amid 'chakka jam' call by the protesting farmers' representatives which ended peacefully with no major impact. The security across Delhi was tightened on Saturday with the deployment of extra forces, putting up multi-layered barricades and barbed wires on the roads.
Heavy deployment of police personnel was also seen at Red Fort, as a preventive measure to dispel actions resulting from the calls for 'Chakka Jam.' Police along with the barricading measures at the Minto Bridge area were deployed. The area was blockaded as a peremptory counter-measure to thwart the calls. Barbed wires were placed over police barricades seen in Delhi's ITO area.
Farmers' Chakka Jam call | Highlights
04:00 pm: Entry and exit gates of all metro stations are open, normal services resume, says Delhi Metro.
03:58 pm: Internet services to remain suspended in Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, and their adjoining areas till 11:59 pm today "in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency".
03:34 pm: We have given time to the government till 2nd October to repeal the laws. After this, we will do further planning. We won't hold discussions with the government under pressure, says Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union.
03:32 pm: We are in touch with farm leaders and have requested for smooth traffic flow. 'Chakka Jam' will be for a limited time, so we will see there is no traffic hazard anywhere. Neither farmers nor commuters should be affected, says Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraja Bommaih.
03:30 pm: Farmers blocking Palwal-Agra Highway at Atohan Chowk near Palwal as part of their country-wide 'Chakka Jam' make way for an ambulance.
02:33 pm: Farmers are on streets for 71 days, they're struggling. On one hand, govt is ready for talks, while on other hand they're withdrawing water connection, electricity connection. They're harassing farmers, how can a democratic govt act like this?, said KC Venugopal, Congress MP
02:20 pm: Around 50 people have been detained near Shaheedi Park in central Delhi for allegedly holding a protest in support of the 'chakka jam' call given by the farmers
02:18 pm: Delhi: Personnel of Security Forces including that of Rapid Action Force deployed at Ghazipur border
02:10 pm: Telangana: Police removed the protesters who were agitating on a highway on the outskirts of Hyderabad
01:59 pm: Heavy security deployment at Ghazipur border
01:46 pm: Delhi: Police detain the protesters in Shahidi Park area
01:12 pm: About 144 UP-PAC company, 6 paramilitary company along with senior officers have been deployed at state and national highways. We have imposed sector/zonal schemes. There is foot patrolling, drones, and everything is being recorded: Prashant Kumar, UP ADG, Law & order
12:53 pm: Haryana: Protests being held at Atohan Chowk near Palwal
12:49 pm: J&K: Farmer organisations in Jammu stage protest on Jammu-Pathankot highway
12:44 pm: Several protesters have gathered at Delhi's ITO
12:42 pm: Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have put up road blockades at national and state highways at most of the places as part of a nationwide 'chakka jam' in protest against the three farm laws and demanded these be withdrawn, causing inconvenience to commuters. Emergency and essential services like ambulance and school buses will not be stopped, said the protesters. However, there was no report of violence from anywhere in both the state
12:37 pm: I appeal to all those protesting against farm laws to come to the streets and join today's 'dharna' between 12 pm and 3 pm: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
12:25 pm: Bengaluru: Police detain the protesters who were agitating outside Yelahanka Police Station against the farm laws
12:22 pm: Punjab: Protesters block roads as part of 'Chakka Jam' call given by farmers from 12 pm to 3 pm today
12:18 pm: Ahead of the nationwide 'chakka jam' called by the farmer unions protesting the Centre's new agri laws, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the peaceful 'satyagraha' of the 'annadatas' is in the national interest as the farm laws are "harmful" for the country
12:14 pm: Protesters block national highway near Shahjahanpur border
11:26 am: The arrangements have been strengthened since January 26 to avoid any law and order situation. We are hoping that it will be a peaceful situation. Drones have been arranged for an aerial view, CCTV cameras have been installed in sensitive areas: Alok Kumar, Joint CP, Delhi Police
11:24 am: Police personnel are deployed at strategic locations such as Road number 56, NH-24, Vikas Marg, GT Road, Jirabad Road, since it's a call for nation-wide 'chakka-jam'. Barricading has been done in a way that there is no intrusion in Delhi: Alok Kumar, Joint CP, Delhi Police
11:23 am: Entry/exit gates of Khan Market and Nehru Place are closed
10:59 am: Entry/exit gates of Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Janpath and Central Secretariat closed
10:43 am: Entry/exit gates of Vishwavidyalaya station are also closed
10:36 am: Entry/exit gates of Mandi House, ITO and Delhi Gate are closed
09:47 am: Drone cameras deployed in Delhi to monitor the chakka jam situation
09:21 am: Security tightened in Delhi-NCR in view of 'Chakka Jam' call by farmers
09:06 am: Around 50,000 personnel of Delhi Police, Paramilitary & Reserve Forces deployed in Delhi-NCR region. At least 12 metro stations in the national capital have been put on alert for closing the entry & exit, in view of any disturbance: Delhi Police
08:28 am: Paramilitary Forces have been deployed at various parts of Delhi-NCR including borders
08:11 am: We call on authorities and protesters to exercise maximum restraint in ongoing farmers protests. The rights to peaceful assembly and expression should be protected both offline and online. It's crucial to find equitable solutions with due respect to Human Rights for all: UN Human Rights
07:49 am: Delhi: Extensive barricading measures undertaken at Ghazipur border with water cannon vehicles deployed
07:26 am: Delhi: Heavy deployment of police personnel at the Red Fort as a preventive measure to dispel actions resulting from calls for 'Chakka Jam' by farmer unions
07:13 am: New Delhi: Security personnel deployed along with barricading measures at the Minto Bridge area
07:07 am: Delhi: Security tightened, in the light of 'Chakka Jam' appeals by farmer unions
06:39 am: Protesters demonstrating against the farm laws continue their agitation at the Ghazipur(Delhi-UP) border
Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava also held a meeting with senior officers of the force and reviewed the security arrangements on Friday. The police will also be monitoring content on the social media to keep a watch on those spreading rumours against the force, officials said.
After the violence on January 26 that had leftover 500 security personnel injured and one protestor dead, Shrivastava had accused the protesting farmer union leaders of betrayal and breaching the agreement as thousands of peasants deviated from their pre-decided routes for the tractor parade. Tens of thousands of farmers atop tractors had broken barriers, clashed with police and entered the city from various points to lay siege to the Red Fort on Republic Day.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Deepak Yadav said, "According to the protesting farmers, they will not enter the national capital, but still as a precautionary measure, we have made adequate security arrangements to maintain law and order. Adequate police presence will be in place at all important points and junctions across the district.
"There will be an additional deployment of pickets at all the border points. All vehicles will be checked thoroughly at the entry and exit points of pickets and borders. Additional buses have already been taken and extra barricades are being put up at the picket points across the city," he said.