No 'chakka jam' in Delhi says farmers' body

Says emergency and essential services not be stopped during 'chakka jam', asks protestors to be peaceful during highway blockade

No 'chakka jam' in Delhi says farmers' body

Farmers raise slogans during their ongoing agitation against Centre’s farm reform laws, at Singhu border in New Delhi on Friday. PTI

New Delhi, February 5

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of the farmer unions protesting the three farm laws, on Friday said there would be no 'chakka jam' in Delhi on February 6 even as it asserted that peasants in other parts of the country would block national and state highways for three hours but in a peaceful way.

In a statement, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) said emergency and essential services such as  ambulance and school bus would not be stopped during the 'chakka jam' that is proposed to be held between 12 pm and 3 pm on Saturday.

"There will be no chakka jam programme inside Delhi since all the protest sites are already in a chakka jam mode. All roads for entering into Delhi will remain open except where farmers' protest sites are already located," read the statement.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at three Delhi border points – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – for over 70 days, demanding a complete repeal of three Central farm laws.

Also read: Keen to avoid flare-up, farmer unions call off ‘chakka jam’ in UP, Uttarakhand

Darshan Pal, a senior member of the SKM, said that 'chakka jam' would remain completely peaceful and non-violent, adding that protesters have been asked to not to indulge in any conflict with government officials or any citizen.

The SKM had earlier this week announced the nationwide ‘chakka jam’ on Saturday, saying that farmers would block national and state highways for three hours in protest against the Internet ban in areas near their agitation sites, harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities, and other issues.

According to the SKM, the ‘chakka jam’ will conclude at 3 pm by blowing vehicle horn for one minute, a move that is aimed at expressing support and solidarity with the farmers.

Meanwhile, security at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders has been tightened by deploying extra forces and putting up multi-layered barricades, barbed wires and nails studded on the roads.

Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava also held a meeting with the senior officers of the force and reviewed the security arrangements.       

The police will also be monitoring content on the social media to keep a watch on those spreading rumours against the force, said officials.

Elaborating about the security arrangements for the proposed 'chakka jam', Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal said in view of the violence that took place on January 26, adequate security arrangements had been put in place by the Delhi Police at the borders so that miscreants are not able enter the national capital.

"We are monitoring content on the social media to make sure rumours are not spread against the police. The protestors are camping at the borders of Delhi. We are in touch with the police force of other states also," he added.

A senior police officer said to prevent any kind of law and order situation and disruption of normal life during the 'chakka jam', adequate forces are being deployed across the outer-north district of Delhi Police. PTI

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