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Bharat Bandh: Security arrangements strengthen up in national capital

Bharat Bandh: Security arrangements strengthen up in national capital
In view of the Friday Bharat Bandh call by farmer unions against three farm laws, the Delhi Police have strengthened the security arrangements in the national capital.

A senior police official told all personnel of the Delhi Police will be on the ground as part of the arrangements made for the Bharat Bandh. The police officials in Delhi Police Head Quarters said the security arrangements include Police Control Room (PCR) vans, Quick Response Team (QRT) vans and motorcycle patrolling teams.

"The entire Delhi Police will be on the ground. Delhi Police has made adequate law and order arrangements in view of the bandh call given by farmers. All district authorities have been directed to put all their men on the ground for patrolling from the morning itself," said an official spokesperson of the Delhi Police.

The official also said the police have made adequate preparations at the borders, where farmers have been protesting for four months.

"We have taken adequate measures at the borders as well. Barricades and pickets will be in place so that no person with ill intention can cause disturbance and enter the city," said Delhi police.

The Bandh call was given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on the completion of four months of farmers' protest. Farm unions have demanded the repeal of the three agricultural laws, a law on MSP and procurement, cancellation of all police cases against farmers, rollback of electricity and pollution bills and for reducing prices of diesel, petrol and gas.

In a statement, the farmer union said: "All minor and big roads and trains will be blocked and all services will remain suspended except for ambulance and other essential services.

Scores of farmers from Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting against the Centre three farms laws at three border of the national capital -- Sighu, Tikri and Ghazipur.

Hundreds of farmers on Friday blocked the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh Ghazipur border here as part of their 12-hour Bharat Bandh on the completion of four months of protest over the three contentious farm laws.

The farmers blocked the National Highway 24 that connects Delhi with Ghaziabad. The farmers sat on the highway demanding repeal of the three farm laws.

Delhi Traffic Police in a tweet said: "Traffic movement is closed on Ghazipur Border NH-24 (Both carriageway), Kindly avoid the stretch."

On Thursday, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) said that all shops, malls, markets and commercial establishments will remain shut on Friday in view of its 'Bharat Bandh' call on completion of four months of farmers' protest at Delhi's borders against the Centre's three new farm laws.

According to the SKM, the 12-hour bandh will be observed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. However, ambulances and other essential services will be allowed.

The Bharat Bandh called by SKM is being supported by representatives of various farmer organisations, trade unions, student groups, lawyer associations, political parties and state governments.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the Delhi's borders -- Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur -- for more than four months, demanding the repeal of farm laws and ensuring MSP of their produce.

They have been protesting against the three laws since November 26 last year.

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