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 the farmers.
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.
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.
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.
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.