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Farmers' Delhi Chalo March: Tensions Rise as Haryana Tightens Security Ahead of Protest

The authorities remain vigilant as the 'Delhi Chalo' march approaches, ensuring both security measures and preparations for potential disruptions along the Punjab-Haryana borders and major routes leading to Delhi.

Saurabh Shukla
Tight Security Measures Implemented Ahead of Farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' March (Photo Source: Pexels)
Tight Security Measures Implemented Ahead of Farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' March (Photo Source: Pexels)

Haryana has taken decisive steps to address the escalating tensions surrounding the imminent 'Delhi Chalo' march organized by farmers' unions. In response, the state government has initiated comprehensive security measures, including the closure of borders with Punjab in Ambala, Jind, and Fatehabad districts. Scheduled for February 13, the march aims to press for various demands, chief among them being the enactment of a law to ensure a minimum support price (MSP) for crops.

Traffic Advisory and Communication Suspension

In anticipation of possible traffic disruptions, the Haryana Police has issued a traffic advisory urging commuters to restrict travel along major routes from Haryana to Punjab. Additionally, mobile internet services and bulk SMS have been suspended in seven districts, namely Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad, and Sirsa. These measures are aimed at ensuring public safety and minimizing potential unrest.

Haryana Police officials along with other law enforcement officials, have conducted assessments at key border areas such as the Shambhu border near Ambala. Concrete actions have been taken to fortify these borders, with checkpoints, concrete blocks, barbed wire, sandbags, and barricades installed to deter unauthorized entry.

Farmers' Preparations and Demands

Despite facing criticism from farmers over border closures, preparations for the march are underway. Farmers are gathering essential supplies and readying their tractors for the journey. The demands put forth by the farmers encompass various issues ranging from MSP guarantee to justice for victims of recent violence.

While Union ministers have engaged in discussions with farmer representatives, no concrete resolution has been reached. The farmers remain steadfast in their plans for the 'Delhi Chalo' march, underscoring the urgency of their demands.

The Haryana government's stringent security measures reflect the seriousness of the situation, with both sides gearing up for what could be a significant moment in the ongoing farmer protests. The outcome of this march may have far-reaching implications for agricultural policy and the relationship between farmers and the government.

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