Delhi under heavy security cover for Republic Day, farmers’ tractor parade

Thousands of armed personnel have been deployed on the Rajpath and several other border factors of the nationwide capital which has been introduced under a multi-layered security cover in view of Republic Day celebrations in addition to the proposed tractor parade by farmers on Tuesday.

Protesting farmer unions opposing the three contentious farm legal guidelines mentioned their parade is not going to enter central Delhi and it’ll begin solely after the official Republic Day parade concludes.

The unions claimed that round two lakh tractors are anticipated to take part of their parade which is able to transfer into town from three border factors — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur (UP Gate).

For Republic Day celebrations, an official mentioned round 6,000 security personnel have been deployed to keep up vigil. Facial recognition system of Delhi Police has additionally been arrange at vantage factors for suspect identification, the official mentioned.

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Checking and frisking workers deployed at Rajghat will probably be accomplished by personnel in PPE kits, with masks and face protect, retaining in keeping with Covid-19 protocols, official mentioned.

On Tuesday, sharpshooters and snipers will probably be deployed on prime of high-rise buildings to maintain watch on the eight-km-long parade route from Rajpath.

A five-layer security cover comprising of border pickets, internal, center and outer security has been deployed in and across the metropolis to keep up legislation and order throughout the Republic Day ceremony and the proposed tractor parade, a senior police officer mentioned.

Farmers take part in a tractor rally to protest in opposition to the newly handed farm payments. (File Photo) (REUTERS)

Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Eish Singhal mentioned greater than 6,000 police personnel will probably be deployed at Rajpath for Republic day celebrations.

Following Covid protocols, solely 25,000 folks will probably be allowed to attend the ceremony at Rajpath versus over one lakh spectators who often attended the occasion each year, he mentioned.

The parade may even be shorter this year. Instead of marching as much as Red Fort, the parade will finish at National Stadium and solely the tableaux will probably be allowed to carry out at Red Fort, he additionally mentioned.

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“We have 140 CCTV cameras across Republic Day parade route and along the enclosures. We have identified and set up facial recognition system at 30 identified spots at the Rajpath from where public would enter.

“This system is fed with a database of practically over 50,000 folks together with that of suspected terrorists, criminals and anti-social parts,” said another senior police officer.

To maintain law and order during the farmers’ tractor parade, thousands of security personnel have been already deployed at several border points.

Deependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence), claimed on Sunday that over 300 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to disrupt the tractor parade.

In a circular, Delhi Police Commissioner S N Srivastava directed all officers and personnel, as well as Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), posted for the Republic Day Parade security arrangements to be prepared for an extended deployment to maintain law and order in the wake of the tractor parade.

“Over 300 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan throughout January 13 to 18 to disrupt the tractor rally by farmers by deceptive folks. There are inputs about the identical from totally different businesses too.

“It will be a challenging task for us but the rally will be conducted amid tight security after the Republic Day parade is over,” Pathak had mentioned at a press convention.

Farmer leaders have appealed to these taking part within the tractor parade to hold sufficient ration for 24 hours and be sure that the rally stays peaceable.

“No one should carry any weapon or drink alcohol. Banners carrying inciting messages are not allowed,” a farmer chief mentioned.

Those ranging from the Singhu border will traverse Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Bawana, Qutabgarh, Auchandi border and Kharkhoda toll plaza. The total route will probably be 63 kilometers lengthy.

The 62-km lengthy second route, ranging from the Tikri border, will cross by means of Nagloi, Najafgarh, Jharoda border and Rohtak bypass and Asoda toll plaza, the farmer leaders mentioned.

Tractors ranging from Ghazipur will drive by means of Apsara border, Hapur street and Lal Kuan. Covering 68 kilometers, it’s the longest route for the march.

The farmer leaders will probably be on the frontline of their automobiles.

All automobiles should return to the originating place. No one will attempt to cease halfway and not using a legitimate purpose, the farmer leaders mentioned. Each tractor will carry a tricolour and there will probably be folks music and patriotic songs.

Enacted in September final year, the three farm legal guidelines have been projected by the Centre as main reforms within the agriculture sector that can take away middlemen and permit farmers to promote their produce anyplace within the nation.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed their apprehension that the brand new legal guidelines would pave the best way for eliminating the protection cushion of minimal assist worth and put off the ‘mandi’ (wholesale market) system, leaving them on the mercy of huge corporates.

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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