Bharat Bandh: The farmer unions protesting against the Centre’s 3 farm laws have called for a countrywide ‘chakka jam’ on Saturday. During the three-hour chakka jam, the farmers have planned to block all national, state highways to re- revive their agitation diminished by the violence that took place in the national capital during the tractor rally on January 26. The Delhi Police has deployed additional measures, including tightening security and intensifying vigil at the city’s border points, to deal with any situation emerging out of the proposed ‘chakka jam’. Earlier on Monday, farmer unions had announced countrywide ‘chakka jam’ on February 6 and asserted that they would block national and state highways between 12 pm and 3 pm to protest the internet ban in areas near their agitation sites, harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities, and other issues.Also Read - After Centre’s Assurance, Protesting Farmers Defer Proposed Tractor Rally To Parliament On Nov 29
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16.30 PM: Protesters blocked Ambala-Chandigarh Highway at Dapper Toll Plaza as part of nationwide ‘Chakka Jam’ earlier today.
16.15 PM: No incidents took place in Delhi. Traffic movement is normal and the life is going on as usual here, says Chinmoy Biswal, Delhi Police PRO.
16.00 PM: Internet services to remain suspended in Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, and their adjoining areas till 11:59 PM tonight “in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency”, reports ANI.
15.45 PM: We have given time to the government till 2nd October to repeal the laws. After this, we will do further planning. We won’t hold discussions with the government under pressure, says Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union.
15. 30 PM: Farmers blocking Palwal-Agra Highway at Atohan Chowk near Palwal as part of their country-wide ‘Chakka Jaam’ make way for an ambulance.
14:50 PM: Farmers are on streets for 71 days, they’re struggling. On one hand, govt is ready for talks, while on other hand they’re withdrawing water connection, electricity connection. They’re harassing farmers, how can a democratic govt act like this?, said KC Venugopal, Congress MP
14:48 PM: Protesters block roads Golden Gate in Amritsar
13:00 PM: In Haryana, protests being held at Atohan Chowk near Palwal as part of countrywide ‘Chakka Jaam’ call given by farmers.
12:58 PM: Farmer organisations in Jammu stage protest on Jammu-Pathankot highway as part of the nationwide ‘chakka jaam’ called by farmers today. “We appeal to the govt to repeal these laws. We support the farmers protesting on the borders of Delhi,” says a protester
12:42 PM: UP Police & administration have maintained security since the farmers’ protest began. We’ve got support from farmer organisations, with their cooperation & our effort no untoward incident has happened so far. Today also we’ve deployed adequate security force, said UP ADG, Law & order.
12:28 PM: Police detain the protesters who were agitating outside Yelahanka Police Station against the farm laws.
12:13 PM: Protesters block the national highway near Shahjahanpur border (Rajasthan-Haryana).
11:08 AM: Entry/exit gates of Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Janpath and Central Secretariat closed
11:00 AM: Entry/exit gates of Khan Market and Nehru Place are closed, said DMRC
10:32 AM: It’s CM Amarinder Singh’s responsibility to go to Delhi & ensure that cases registered against innocent youths of Punjab are withdrawn. They’ve been imprisoned without any FIR. It’s Punjab govt’s responsibility to help them, what’re they doing?, asked Harsimrat Kaur Badal, SAD
09:47 AM: Drone cameras deployed in the national capital to monitor the situation.
08:51 AM: At least 12 metro stations in the national capital have been put on alert for closing the entry & exit, in view of any disturbance: Delhi Police
08:00 AM: Around 50,000 personnel of Delhi Police, Paramilitary & Reserve Forces deployed in Delhi-NCR region.
07:37 AM: The Congress party has extended support to the countrywide ‘chakka jam’, saying party workers will stand shoulder to shoulder with farmers in their protest.
07:33 AM: Heavy deployment of police personnel at the Red Fort as a preventive measure to dispel actions resulting from calls for ‘Chakka Jaam’ by farmer unions protesting the farm laws.
07:23 AM: Extensive barricading measures are undertaken at Ghazipur border with water cannon vehicles deployed, as a preemptive measure to deal with possible disturbances resulting from ‘Chakka Jaam’ calls by farmer unions protesting farm laws.
07:10 AM: The police will also be monitoring content on the social media to keep a watch on those spreading rumours against the force, officials said.
07:09 AM: Protesters demonstrating against the farm laws continue their agitation at the Ghazipur(Delhi-UP) border.
07:05 AM: The Gurugram Police have been put on high alert in view of the ‘Chakka Jam’. The Gurugram police have intensified security and deployed huge force on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway (NH-48), Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, Kheri Daula toll plaza on the NH-48, and state highways.