Farmers’ Protest Chakka Jaam Live Updates: In wake of farmers’ chakka jaam protest, the home ministry has suspended the mobile internet services in Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri border areas of Delhi till 11:59 pm today. The ministry said that the internet has been suspended in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency. On the other hand, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait today issued an ultimatum to the Centre to repeal the farm laws by 2nd October. He said that unions will do further planning after that. Tikait said that the farmers’ won’t hold discussions with the government under pressure. Meanwhile, the three-hour ‘chakka jaam’ protest called by farmers unions today ended peacefully with no violence reported from across the country. Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Karnataka were most affected states while the unions stayed away from holding the protest in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Around 50 people were detained near Shaheedi Park in central Delhi on Saturday for allegedly holding a protest in support of the ‘chakka jam’ call given by the farmers agitating against the Centre’s new agri laws, police said. The call to block national and state highways between 12 pm and 3 pm was given by Samyukt Kisan Morcha to protest against farm laws, ban on the internet in areas near their agitation sites, harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities and several other issues. Earlier today, Delhi Metro had closed entry and exit at some metro stations including Khan Market, Nehru Place, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Janpath, Lal Quila, Central Secretariat, Mandi House, ITO, Delhi Gate and Vishwavidyalaya. However, the normal services resumed on all metro stations after ‘chakka jaam’ protest ended. Meanwhile, police have made elaborate security arrangements at the borders so that miscreants are not able to enter the national capital just like Republic Day. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of the farmer unions protesting the three farm laws, had said that peasants would block national and state highways peacefully.
However, police had have taken additional measures to deal with any situation emerging out of the ‘chakka jam’. Ahead of the ‘chakka jam’, the Centre had also directed the Delhi Police to ensure foolproof security at all key installations in the national capital. Around 50,000 personnel of Delhi Police, Paramilitary & Reserve Forces were deployed in Delhi-NCR region. The region was turned into fortress. At least 12 metro stations in the national capital have been put on alert for closing the entry & exit, in view of any disturbance.
#WATCH: Heavy security deployment at Ghazipur border (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh), in view of protests against the farm laws.
(Video source: Delhi Police) pic.twitter.com/yyQGSj393R
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On the other hand, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar yesterday defended the farm laws in Rajya Sabha saying that farmers of a particular state are misinformed and have been instigated. He said that the government’s offer to amend the new farm laws to assuage farmers’ sentiments did not mean they had any flaw. Tomar also said none from the protesting unions or their sympathisers have been able to point out any lacuna in the farm laws. Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa, who said the farm laws were like “death warrants” for farmers, compared the barricades with the Berlin Wall that had divided the German city’s east and west and concentration camps. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will reply to the debate on Monday after Zero hour, lauded Tomar’s remarks, saying he has given detailed information on every aspect of the legislation.