Massive police deployment in Delhi as farmers throng Jantar Mantar

New Delhi, August 22 (KMS): As hundreds of farmers from different states started reaching New Delhi to participate in a ‘Mahapanchayat’ called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (non-political) at Jantar Mantar on Monday, Delhi Police have deployed its personnel at various borders.

As per reports quoting police, all vehicles entering New Delhi are being checked and police are on ‘alert mode’. Traffic movement may be affected in many parts of Delhi as the police have put up barricades at border points.

Delhi Traffic Police took to Twitter and issued an advisory for the routes to be avoided on Monday. It wrote, “In view of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha’s Mahapanchayat at Jantar Mantar, Delhi Traffic Police requests commuters to plan their journey in advance and avoid the mentioned roads for convenience.”
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The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and other farmers’ groups are organising the Mahapanchayat to protest against unemployment, following which police have been deployed at Delhi borders.

The Mahapanchayat is also being held to demand justice for kin of victims killed in Lakhimpur Kheri incident last year and the release of jailed farm law protesters, among others.

Section 144 has been imposed and police have heightened security at the three border entry points to Delhi at Ghazipur, Singhu and Tikri, one report suggested. Farmers have begun arriving at Jantar Mantar to stage a protest amid heavy police presence.

On Sunday, ahead of the protest, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait was detained by the Delhi Police at the Ghazipur border while he was trying to enter Delhi to take part in the rally.

“The Delhi Police working at the behest of the government cannot suppress the voice of the farmers. This arrest will bring a new revolution. This struggle will continue till the last breath. Won’t stop, won’t get tired, won’t bow down,” Tikait tweeted in Hindi.

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