Published: Tue, February 02, 2021

Police tighten security as thousands join Indian farmer protests AFP

Police tighten security as thousands join Indian farmer protests AFP

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav remarked, "This government is indeed unusual - it erects walls to block roads, sets up barbed wires, and then calls for dialogue".

The photos emerged after a policeman got injured while trying to subdue a man - reported to be a farmer - who was wielding a sword at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border. Farmers' protest sites at Delhi's borders have turned into fortresses with police beefing up security and strengthening barricades.

Security measures were strengthened with multi-layer barricading and barbed wires coming up on both sides of the highway stretch that has become the Bharatiya Kisan Union's (BKU) camping site since November 28 a year ago in a major farmers' stir over three new farm laws of the Centre.

"I am surprised that when tractors were used, police was attacked and barricades were broken on 26th, no questions were raised".

Another portion of the highway at the border is practically blocked now as a makeshift cement wall has come up there, according to news agency Press Trust of India.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also slammed the government over the issue, asking it if it 'wants to wage war against its own farmers'.

From the heavy deployment of security personnel armed with weapons to cemented barricades with barbed wire and roads layered with spikes and nails, visuals from the protest sites at Delhi's Ghazipur, Tikri, and Singhu borders have spread like wildfire on Indian social media, leaving netizens shocked.

A woman protester from Haryana, addressing a huge gathering from the dais, said the alleged conspiracy on that day has "failed to weaken this movement" and has rather injected "a new lease of life" in it. Security arrangements continue to be strengthened at the Delhi-UP border site, which is galvanising farmers from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand days after an emotional appeal by Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait. We are fighting for our rights.

Opposition parties, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi have questioned the barricading being carried out at the borders where farmers have been protesting for four to five months.

Following the violence at the tractor rally on January 26, when groups of farmers barged into the Red Fort, Delhi Police have not only stepped up security but also put up several barriers at all entry points of the national capital.

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