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Farmers protest in Delhi: Kisan Mahapanchayat today, traffic jams expected | 10 highlights

Written by  Annesha Barua -- March 14th 2024 08:20 AM
Farmers protest in Delhi: Kisan Mahapanchayat today, traffic jams expected | 10 highlights

Farmers protest in Delhi: Kisan Mahapanchayat today, traffic jams expected | 10 highlights

PTC News Desk: Today, Delhi braces for yet another chapter in the ongoing saga of farmer protests as the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a coalition of farmers' groups, prepares for a 'Kisan Mazdoor Mahapanchayat' at Ramlila Maidan. Here are the key points surrounding this event:

1. Intensification of Protest: The gathering is expected to witness the passing of a resolution aimed at stepping up the fight against the policies of the central government. This resolution underscores the determination of the protesting farmers to continue their struggle against what they perceive as unfavourable agricultural laws.


2. Delhi Police's Conditions: The Delhi Police has granted permission for the mahapanchayat, albeit with stringent conditions. The gathering is restricted to a maximum of 5,000 participants, and tractor trolleys are prohibited from nearing the venue. These conditions hint at the authorities' efforts to maintain control over the event.

3. Anticipated Attendance: The organisers anticipate a significant turnout, with over 50,000 farmers from Punjab expected to participate. Despite this sizable gathering, the emphasis remains on maintaining peace and order during the event.

4. Mass Movement: Farmers from Punjab have begun their journey towards Delhi, utilising various modes of transportation including buses, trucks, and trains. This mass movement signifies the widespread support and solidarity among farmers across the region.

5. Traffic Disruptions: Commuters in Delhi and neighbouring areas, particularly along the Noida-Delhi routes, are likely to experience disruptions due to the influx of protesters. The Gautam Buddh Nagar Police have issued warnings regarding potential delays and advised commuters to plan their travel accordingly.

6. Heavy Security Deployment: In anticipation of the protest, there has been a significant deployment of paramilitary forces at key entry points to Delhi, namely Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders. This heightened security presence underscores the authorities' efforts to prevent any escalation of tensions and maintain law and order.

7. Ongoing Sit-ins: Despite ongoing negotiations and attempts to resolve the impasse, hundreds of farmers continue to stage sit-ins at Punjab-Haryana borders. Their steadfast determination reflects the persistence of the farmers' movement, which shows no signs of dissipating.

The Kisan Mahapanchayat at Ramlila Maidan symbolises the continued struggle of farmers against policies they perceive as detrimental to their livelihoods. As the protest unfolds, all eyes remain on Delhi, where the convergence of farmers' voices is poised to make a resounding statement.

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Top updates on farmers' Kisan Mahapanchayat:

1. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha plans to host a 'Kisan Mazdoor Mahapanchayat' at Ramlila Maidan, aiming to pass a resolution to escalate the fight against governmental policies.
2. Manjit Dhaner, head of the Dhaner faction of BKU (Ekta-Dakaunda), anticipates over 30,000 farmers from Punjab will converge in the national capital for this event.
3. Delhi Police has granted a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the mahapanchayat on March 14, facilitating arrangements such as parking, water, toilets, and ambulance services with the support of the municipal administration.
4. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) M Harsha Vardhan stated that the gathering is limited to under 5,000 individuals, with strict conditions barring tractors and weapons, and an agreement to refrain from holding marches in Delhi.
5. Police have instructed farmers to vacate the venue post 2:30 pm, warning of potential consequences if they violate the agreed terms and disrupt law and order.
6. Delhi Traffic Police issued advisories indicating potential traffic disruptions on several key roads including Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Barakhamba Road, and Asaf Ali Road due to the farmers' gathering.
7. Traffic diversions are expected at various points including Delhi Gate, Kamla Market, and Maharaja Ranjeet Singh flyover, with commuters urged to plan alternative routes.
8. Commuters heading towards ISBT, railway stations, or the airport are advised to plan their journeys carefully and allow extra time.
9. Gautam Buddh Nagar Police anticipate intensive vehicle checks near Delhi borders in Noida, urging commuters to use alternative routes and providing a helpline number for assistance.
10. Farmers groups from western Uttar Pradesh are also likely to participate, with BKU leader Rakesh Tikait cautioning against attempts by police to deter farmers from joining the protest.

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(Inputs from agencies)

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