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Jat quota stir: Delhi fortified with heavy security at borders

Restrictions have been imposed on many roads in the capital and traffic snarls were reported from several places in east Delhi. Metro services have also been curbed.

delhi Updated: Mar 19, 2017 21:43 IST
Ananya Bhardwaj
Ananya Bhardwaj
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Delhi police blocked the Delhi-Gurgaon Sarhaul border with barricades ahead of the Jat agitation in Gurgaon on Sunday.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti (AIJASS), the association of Jats seeking reservation for the community, has been denied permission to carry out a march to Parliament.

The AIJASS have threatened to block all highways leading to the capital over their demand for the reservation and withdrawal of cases against all Jats during last year’s protests in neighbouring Haryana.

The top brass of Delhi police held a meeting on Sunday morning and asked all district DCPs and station house officers to be on alert.

“A dharna or protest will not be allowed under any circumstance. Massive security measures have been put in place tomorrow. No heavy vehicles will be allowed to enter through the borders and thorough checks of other vehicles are being carried out at the borders,” special commissioner of police, Dependra Pathak said.

By afternoon, the number of security personnel along the borders in the eastern part of the city was multiplied after police received information of protesters entering the city.

Security personnel on stand-by at the Delhi-Haryana border on Sunday afternoon. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Many commercial vehicles, such as trucks which were to enter Delhi from Ghazipur, were sent back. Only restricted entry is being allowed.

Restrictions have been imposed on many roads in the capital and traffic snarls were reported from several places in east Delhi.

Police have deployed a three-tier security with 110 companies of forces, including the paramilitary, RAF and riot control force, to avoid any untoward situation.

Delhi police officers also held a meeting with their counterparts in Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad.

Metro Services Curbed

Delhi Metro will not run in NCR region from 11:30 pm. Twelve metro stations in Central and New Delhi will be shut from 8 pm.

The affected stations will be Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg, Janpath, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, R K Ashram Marg, Pragati Maidan, Khan Market and Shivaji Stadium.

Services will not be available at Yellow line stations in Gurgaon, Blue Line stations in Noida and Violet Line stations in Faridabad.

Police said they would make regular announcement through their social media accounts.

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First Published: Mar 19, 2017 16:14 IST