New Delhi: The 'Delhi Chalo Abhiyan' of farmers from Punjab and Haryana against the recently enacted agricultural laws is expected to rock the national capital on Thursday.
Tight security arrangements have been made to prevent farmers from coming to Delhi. Heavy security forces have been deployed along the borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The Haryana border is being monitored through drones.
As a precaution, the metro lines connecting Haryana and UP have also been closed till 2 pm. Police in Delhi as well as Haryana are ready to stop the farmers. The Haryana Police also used water canon on farmers yesterday. The farmers claim that 2 lakh people are involved in their movement and where they will be stopped, their picketing will start there.
Farmers from six states - Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab are on a march against the two-day "Delhi Chalo" protest against the new farm laws. However, the Delhi government has refused to allow any rally in the city citing the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Strict surveillance is being done in areas adjacent to Haryana in Delhi. Along with Delhi Police, paramilitary force personnel have also been deployed to stop the farmers. Passengers going to Delhi in Haryana are also facing problems due to the closure of roads and stalled vehicles.
Following the orders of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana has sealed the borders of Punjab with the state yesterday. Barricades, water canons and riot vehicles are on standby on the roads of Punjab. Sanctions have been imposed on large celebrations in the state. Haryana has also suspended bus service from Punjab for two days.
Last night, the Haryana Police used a water canon in the harsh winter to disperse the protesting farmers and prevent them from going to Delhi. But the police failed to stop the protesters and the farmers staged demonstrations at Karnal and Sonipat at night.