On Friday, several streets in Delhi were closed to traffic, due to the farmers’ protest organized to mark one year since the enactment of agricultural laws. Security has also been tightened at the Tikri and Singhu borders due to the call for a protest march launched by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
Delhi traffic police said on Friday that the two border roads at Jharoda Kalan would remain closed due to the protests.
In a tweet, they also alerted that traffic will remain heavy around Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, Ram Manohal Lohia Hospital, GPO, Ashoka Road and Baba Kharak Singh Marg. In another tweet, they said vehicles coming from Gurugram towards Sardar Patel Marg and those coming from Naraina Loop, will also be diverted onto the ring road towards Moti Bagh.
Traffic from the Pusa roundabout to Shankar Road was also diverted to Pusa Road.
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For one hour in the morning, the road from Sadar Patel Marg to Dhaula Kuan was closed to traffic. This has now been opened, police said.
Senior police officers said more personnel had been deployed to the Singhu and Tikri borders as a precaution, even as leaders of the two protest venues disassociated themselves from SAD’s protest march in the center of Delhi.
A senior police officer monitoring the situation at the Singhu border said that alternative border points that worked for traffic between Delhi and Haryana had not been closed. “There is no movement of protesting farmers towards central Delhi from the protest sites at the Singhu border. We have intensified our vigilance and the control of vehicles in which other demonstrators can move towards the center of Delhi to join the demonstration organized by the SAD ”, declared the officer.
At the Tikri border, nearly 1,000 security guards have been deployed, almost double the usual deployment.
“The protesters at the Tikri border have no connection with the protest in central Delhi. They are unlikely to join them. We have again made a rock-solid deployment, ”said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outside) Parminder Singh.
The SAD protest march, planned by Gurdwara Rakabganj in parliament today, was not allowed because prohibition orders under Article 144 of the CrPC are already imposed in Delhi. Permission was denied given Covid-19 guidelines from the Delhi Disaster Management Authority banning all political, religious and public gatherings in the city.
“We did not grant permission for this demonstration and article 144 is already imposed in the district of New Delhi. Nearly 500 people gathered for the demonstration. We are in talks with their leaders. No one has been detained so far, ”said Deputy Police Commissioner (New Delhi) Deepak Yadav.
The deployment of security personnel in the New Delhi district, especially around Parliament, has been stepped up as a result of the protest.