Delhi Police cement nails, barricade border protest websites with barbed wires

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2

Multi-layered security has been stepped up with the deployment of extra personnel and strengthening of barricades near the farmers’ protest sites at Delhi’s borders, and thereby turning them into fortresses.

Besides additional deployment of forces, the Delhi Police have cemented nails near barricades at Ghazipur (Delhi-Ghaziabad) and Tikri (Delhi-Rohtak) borders. Police have also heavily barricaded the Ghazipur border. Barbed wire and cement barricades have been planted on the roads to restrict the movement of farmers.

Heavy security deployment at Tikri border during the ongoing farmers’ protest, in New Delhi. PTI Photo

Workers, under the watch of police personnel, on Monday were seen hooking iron rods between two rows of cement barriers on a flank of the main highway at the Singhu border to further restrict the movement of protesters agitating against the Centre’s new farm laws at the site.

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Police personnel placed iron nails near the barricades in an attempt to stop farmers from crossing Tikri border during their agitation, in New Delhi. PTI Photo

Another portion of the highway at the Delhi-Haryana border is practically blocked now as a makeshift cement wall has come up there. Drones have also been deployed to monitor the protesters.

Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police alerted commuters about the closure of borders and suggested alternative roads for travel.

Barricades being set up as part of security enhancements by the police near the site of farmers’ ongoing protest, at Singhu border in New Delhi. PTI Photo

According to the police, Delhi-Ghazipur border remains closed for traffic due to the farmers’ protests. The commuters were suggested to take alternate routes via Anad Vihar, Chilla, DND, Apsara, bhopra and Loni borders, the police said 

“Singhu, Saboli, Piau Maniyari borders are closed. Auchandi, Lampur, Safiabad, Singhu School & Palla toll tax borders are open. Please take alternate route(s),” Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.

Barricades set up at Ghazipur border to stop farmers from marching towards the national capital, during their ongoing agitation, in New Delhi. PTI Photo

On Monday, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Srivastava and other senior police officers visited Ghazipur border to take stock of the security arrangements.

Security arrangements continue to be strengthened at the Delhi-UP border site, which is galvanising farmers from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, days after an emotional appeal by Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait.

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