Amid questions on the stringent safety 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 shocked that ‘fewer questions have been raised on the violent occasions of January 26’, when policemen have been attacked and barricades damaged by the protesters.
“I’m shocked that when tractors have been used, police was attacked and barricades have been damaged on 26th, no questions have been raised. What did we do now? We’ve simply strengthened barricading in order that it’s not damaged once more,” 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 metallic batons purportedly seen being carried by some police personnel, the commissioner mentioned he had no thought about the identical, asserting that “metal batons usually are not part of police weaponry”.
A day after Shahdara district police distributed 60 lance-like metallic 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 have been injured within the violence related to protest in opposition to the farm legal guidelines, SN Srivastava informed reporters.
The police have more and more fortified the Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders within the wake of the violence on January 26.
Apart from 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.
Apart from, the Ministry of Dwelling Affairs has prolonged the suspension of web providers on the farmer protest websites until Tuesday evening.