Many Delhi routes restricted day after farmers’ tractor rally violence
A day after several roads in the national capital were blocked for general vehicular movement when protesting farmers digressed from the tractor rally’s original routes and drove into the city, Delhi Traffic Police on Wednesday continued to keep certain routes restricted for traffic.
Delhi Traffic Police officials said that on Wednesday morning, the roads around Ghazipur fruit and flower market, National Highway-24 and National Highway-9, and two lanes on either side of the route between Kalindi Kunj and Noida were closed for traffic. The route from Minto Road to Connaught Place was also closed off on Wednesday morning and later reopened.
Traffic continued to remain affected at ITO on Wednesday due to a protest called by retired Delhi Police personnel against the violence which broke out during the farmers’ tractor parade in the city. The protesters are demanding proper action against the people who were involved in the violence.
Delhi Traffic Police on Wednesday issued an advisory on Twitter.
“Ghazipur Mandi, NH-9 and NH-24 have been closed for traffic movement. People commuting from Delhi to Ghaziabad are advised to take Shahdara, Karkari Mor and DND,” Delhi Traffic Police said.
Metro services also remain affected.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced on Wednesday that entry and exit to Lal Quila Metro station and entry at Jama Masjid Metro station have been closed.
Meanwhile, heavy security has been deployed near the Red Fort.
Farmers broke barricades to enter Delhi and indulged in vandalism across several parts of the national capital during their tractor rally organised to protest against the Centre’s three new farm laws.
Eighty-three police personnel were injured, with several public and private properties being damaged in acts of vandalism by the rioting mob, said the Delhi Police in a release.
As per Delhi Police sources, at least 22 FIRs have been registered in connection with the violence during farmers’ tractor rally yesterday.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws - Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
On Tuesday, traffic officials said that roads around Meerut Expressway, Akshardham, Pragati Maidan, Vikas Marg, ITO, Mandi House, India Gate, Mukarba Chowk, Outer Ring Road, Delhi-Noida Link Road, Ghazipur border, Singhu border, and Chilla border had to be closed off for general traffic as the farmers’ tractor rally got out of control.
“Traffic is very heavy on GTK road, Outer Ring Road, Badli road, KN Katju Marg, Madhuban Chowk, Kanjhawala road, Palla road, Narela and DSIIDC Narela roads. Please avoid these roads,” traffic police’s official handle tweeted on Tuesday.
In another tweet, they said, “Traffic is very heavy on Wazirabad road, ISBT road, GT road, Pushta road, Vikas marg, NH-24, Road no. 57, Noida link road. Please avoid these roads.”
(With inputs from agencies)