With the growing number of protesters at Delhi’s borders, senior officers in Haryana Police are a worried lot. They have said borders can’t take more people as “the situation is increasingly turning unsustainable”.
Haryana Police stated that more than 60,000 protesters are camping at the borders. The figure is even higher as per the farmer leaders. Farmers from many states have started assembling at the borders. First, there were farmers from far flung areas of Punjab, but now farmers have started arriving from Haryana, MP, UP and other parts of the country to join the protest.
The police have installed check posts at the Haryana and Punjab borders to thwart the protesting farmers crossing over to Delhi.
“The idea is that people feel there is police presence at the borders to minimise movement of protesters,” said a Haryana police officer.
“We have made preparations that if we need to seal the borders, we should be able to do it. As of now, borders have not been sealed to avoid inconvenience to commuters,” said, Haryana DGP Manoj Yadava to the media.
People are facing difficulties traveling to and from Delhi. Two national highways, Delhi-Ambala and Delhi-Hisar, are blocked and people are traveling several kilometers via link roads through villages to reach their destination.
The police are in constant touch with farmer leaders and are urging them not to add more protesters as the situation might become unsustainable. The inclement weather is also something that has to be factored in. Several people have taken ill due to various health issues.
The protestors at Singhu border are also adamant saying they won’t budge unless the farm laws are repealed. “We will return only after winning the battle,” is the general sentiment of the protesting farmers.