Amid questions on the stringent security alongside New Delhi’s borders as farmers proceed their protest in opposition to the farm legal guidelines, the Delhi Police has defended its barricading strategies within the areas.
Addressing reporters Tuesday, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Srivastava mentioned he was stunned that ‘fewer questions were raised on the violent events of January 26’, when policemen were attacked and barricades damaged by the protesters.
“I am surprised that when tractors were used, police was attacked and barricades were broken on 26th, no questions were raised. What did we do now? We have just strengthened barricading so that it is not broken again,” mentioned Delhi’s high cop.
To forestall extra farmers from amassing at New Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, the police have positioned iron spikes and picket boards with nails on the roads.
The iron barricades have been fortified by concertina wires and double layers of concrete slabs, which have been additional strengthened by pouring in concrete combine between them to make them troublesome to maneuver even by tractors as soon as the concrete solidifies.
Commenting on the steel batons purportedly seen being carried by some police personnel, the commissioner mentioned he had no concept about the identical, asserting that “steel batons are not a part of police weaponry”.
A day after Shahdara district police distributed 60 lance-like steel batons to police personnel of their district, senior officers from Delhi Police Headquarters Tuesday requested them to roll again the choice to make use of them as anti-riot gear, and wait for his or her approval.
As many as 510 police personnel were injured within the violence related to protest in opposition to the farm legal guidelines, SN Srivastava advised reporters.
The police have more and more fortified the Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders within the wake of the violence on January 26.
Besides blocked roads, drones are additionally getting used to maintain surveillance and intense checking is being carried out on the border areas.
The slew of measures got here into impact Monday in a bid to discourage the protests, even because the Samyukta Kisan Morcha has introduced a brand new nationwide ‘chakka jam’ on February 6.
Besides, the Ministry of Home Affairs has prolonged the suspension of web providers on the farmer protest sites until Tuesday evening.