Chakka Jam: Farmers are all set to launch a new drive of protest against farm laws!

In what would become another drive of the incessant protests unfolded by farmers in Delhi against the Center's three controversial farm laws, the protesting peasants are all set to launch 'Chakka Jam', the nationwide blockade, on Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm to intensify their protests against the farm laws and against the suspension of the internet by the government recently in their protests sites. 

The farmers' unions, which are on the road for the past two months by braving the climate and various challenges, have said that the nationwide roadblock would be carried out across the nation apart from Delhi. During the three hours of Chakka Jam, the farmers will also agitate against the clampdown of the Delhi police. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which is an umbrella body of various farm unions protesting against the farm laws, has on Friday said that there would be no Chakka Jam in Delhi on Saturday while the farmers in other parts of the country will block national and state highways for three hours and asserted that the farmers will demonstrate peacefully. 

Though the farmers said that they won't carry out the drive of a road blockade in Delhi, the Delhi police have been on the alert and deployed security measures to tackle any untoward incidents during the Chakka Jam, being reminiscent of the violence and clashes between the farmers and police in Republic Day, which had put over  500 security personnel injured and killed one protester. 

According to reports, the Delhi Police, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, had initiated the measures in and around the national capital and intensified vigil at the city's border points, particularly in the protest sites. On Friday, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava had held a meeting with senior police officials and reviewed the security arrangements that are put in place around the city in the wake of Chakka Jam. 

Apart from staying vigil on the ground, the police had decided to extensively monitor online - content on social media with the view of containing the spread of incitements and rumors against the police. Speaking about the readiness of the law enforcement agency, Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal has on Friday said that in view of the violence that erupted on January 26, the police had installed adequate security arrangements at the borders of the national capital to restrict the farmers from entering Central Delhi. 

A police officer said, "We have a very high-security arrangement at Singhu border at present but for Saturday, we are strengthening it at the border. We are deploying forces at all important points in the entire outer-north district of Delhi police as a preventive measure to ensure that traffic and normal life is not affected, and also to ensure that there is no law-and-order situation or unauthorized 'Chakka jam' being done by violating norms". 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Deepak Yadav said, "According to the protesting farmers, they will not enter the national capital, but still as a precautionary measure, we have made adequate security arrangements to maintain law and order. Adequate police presence will be in place at all important points and junctions across the district". Another police officer said that the iron nails, there were removed earlier, have now been re-installed behind the barricades at the Ghazipur border, which is one of the three major protest sites in Delhi. 

Chakka Jam will be one of the protesting drives carried out by the farmers in line with the Tractor Rally and hunger strike. The violence erupted in Delhi when the peasants had carried out the tractor rally on January 26, during Republic Day. They had observed a hunger strike on January 31st and nearly a week after the hunger strike, the farmers are now set to launch the new protesting drive of blocking the national and state highways.