Farmers’ chakka jam across country today, TN ups security

Chennai: A nationwide ‘chakka jam’ will be organised today by farmer unions protesting against the new agricultural laws.

The SKM (Samyukt Kisan Morcha) announced the chakka jam for three hours from 12 pm to 3 pm, 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.

However, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be exempted from the jam. Meanwhile, Delhi Police have deployed additional measures, including tightening security and intensifying vigil at the city’s border points, to deal with any situation emerging out of the situation.

They have been instructed to use minimum force, but also told that those endangering the safety of the security personnel should be dealt with sternly, sources said.

These instructions were given at a high level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and attended by NSA Ajit Doval, city Commissioner of Police S N Shrivastava among others.

The Delhi Police has been directed to ensure foolproof security at places of national significance like the Parliament, the India Gate, sources said.

During the meeting held to discuss the security arrangements being made, it was emphasised that there should not be a repeat of the Republic Day violence.

Meanwhile, security has been upped in Tamilnadu too, with all measures in place to prevent untoward incidents.

Sources said, about one lakh police personnel have been deployed for the same.

 

NT Bureau