Agitating farmers’ unions announced on Thursday that no one will enter Delhi on February 6 as part of their three-hour road blockade program between 12 noon to 3 PM. The farmers have decided not to breach the borders so as to avoid the repeat of the clashes that unfurled on January 26.
Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have offered their support to the chakka jam program and set up village-level groups to monitor the situation during the bandh. The least the farmers’ groups want is another set of ugly brawls with security forces that could take their agitation to nowhere.
In the meanwhile, the Union home minister Amit Shah held a high level meeting in Delhi with national security adviser Ajit Doval and Delhi Police commissioner S N Shrivastava to review the security situation.
The Centre had already apprised Delhi Police that additional central paramilitary forces are on standby if their need arises due any exigency.
At present over 60 companies (6,000 personnel) of central paramilitary forces are helping Delhi Police at the borders.
Farm leaders said cultivators camping at Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders, and those who will join them by Friday, will carry out the chakka jam at their respective venues.
“Farmers will block the highways in their respective states and no attempt will be made to enter Delhi,” Bharatiya Kisan Union’s (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said at the Ghazipur border.
“In case anyone gets stuck during the chakka jam, they will be served water and food by the farmers. We will also explain to them the reason behind our protest and what the government is doing with us.”