The Delhi Police detained Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, party leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal and 11 others on Friday for holding a protest march without taking prior permission from the authorities.They were taken to Sansad Marg Police station and later released. The SAD had organised a protest march from Gurdwara Talab Ganj Sahib to the Parliament House against the three farm laws introduced by the Modi government last year. The Punjab-based party said it will observe September 17 as 'black day' to mark one year of enactment of the farm laws.
Earlier, the Delhi Traffic Police closed the Jharoda Kalan border in view of the protest. A multi-layer barricading has been placed at the border and heavy police contingents have been deployed in the vicinity to check any untoward incident. Police said that officials have been directed to enhance patrolling in the area.
"The Jharoda Kalan border has been closed using barricades, in view of farmers' protest," Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.
Traffic police suggested people to avoid Gurdwara Rakabganj Road, RML Hospital, G.P.O., Ashoka Road, Baba Kharak Singh Marg in view of the protest.
The road from Sardar Patel Marg to Dhaula Kuan has been closed for traffic due to the farmers movement. Police asked Delhiites to refrain from using this route. Accordingly, the traffic coming from Gurugaon to Sardar Patel Marg and the traffic coming from Narayan to Loop have also been diverted towards Ring Road Moti Bagh.
The three agriculture laws, which the farmers have been protesting against for several months now, were passed in Parliament on September 17, 2020 and the SAD minister had resigned from the Union Cabinet in protest.