NEW DELHI — Despite the agitating farmers assurance that the proposed ‘chakka jam’ (creating a traffic jam as a mark of protest) would not be carried out in Delhi, as a precautionary measure, the Delhi Police have intensified security arrangements with a special focus on bordering areas where the protesting farmers are sitting since November last year.
“Though we have got to know that the farmers have no plans to do chakka jam in the Capital but in the wake of them flouting the agreement on January 26, we are taking no chances and have made elaborate arrangements especially in border areas,” said Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal.
Security has been beefed up at strategic locations and the Delhi Police would be keeping an eye on the protest build up in the bordering states and protest sites close to the border such as Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. The Delhi Police are also in touch with the police in bordering states such as Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and collecting intelligence inputs in close coordination with the state police.
“We are in constant touch with the police of bordering states since the protest started. In the wake of the chakka jam we would keep an eye on the borders too,” the officer added.
The Delhi Police would also be monitoring certain social media handles during the proposed chakka jam for three hours on February 6.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Police commissioner S.N. Shrivastava held a meeting with senior police officers and reviewed security arrangements.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait earlier said the nationwide protest will be peaceful and added that there will be no ‘chakka jam’ in Delhi.
“Farmers will not block roads in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Saturday as part of the nationwide ‘chakka jam’ called by Samyukta Kisan Morcha,” Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said on Friday. — IANS