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Farmers' protest | Delhi Police gears up security; cemented nails, barricades to stop protesting farmers

Images of the barricades put up at Delhi's borders were widely shared on social media, with many comparing them to heavily militarised border fences. Iron nails were embedded along the main highways to stop protesting farmers from crossing Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu borders. Cemented barricades were wrapped with coils of barbed wires as security forces guarded what looked like a security fortress.

February 03, 2021 / 07:12 PM IST
Indian authorities heavily increased security at three main protest sites outside New Delhi’s border on February 2, adding iron spikes, steel barricades and hundreds of riot police in an attempt to stop tens of thousands of demonstrating farmers from entering the capital. (Image: AP)
Indian authorities heavily increased security at three main protest sites outside New Delhi’s border on February 2, adding iron spikes, steel barricades and hundreds of riot police in an attempt to stop tens of thousands of demonstrating farmers from entering the capital. (Image: AP)
Iron nails were embedded along the main highways to stop protesting farmers from crossing Ghazipur, Tikri borders. Cemented barricades were wrapped with coils of barbed wires as government forces guarded what looked like a security fortress. (Image: AP)
Iron nails were embedded along the main highways to stop protesting farmers from crossing Ghazipur, Tikri borders. Cemented barricades were wrapped with coils of barbed wires as government forces guarded what looked like a security fortress. (Image: AP)
Images of the barricades were widely shared on social media, with many comparing them to heavily militarized border fences. Devender Singh, a protesting farmer from central Uttar Pradesh state, said the new security arrangements were intended to scare them away. “But farmers won't run away so easily,” he said. (Image: AP)
Images of the barricades were widely shared on social media, with many comparing them to heavily militarized border fences. Devender Singh, a protesting farmer from central Uttar Pradesh state, said the new security arrangements were intended to scare them away. “But farmers won't run away so easily,” he said. (Image: AP)
The months-long farmer protests have rattled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Tens of thousands of farmers have camped on the outskirts of the city, braving the cold and rain, in a largely peaceful protest against new agriculture reform laws they say will devastate their income and make farmers vulnerable to corporate greed. (Image: AP)
The months-long farmer protests have rattled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Tens of thousands of farmers have camped on the outskirts of the city, braving the cold and rain, in a largely peaceful protest against new agriculture reform laws they say will devastate their income and make farmers vulnerable to corporate greed. (Image: AP)
The heavy security and added measures come a week after the protests turned violent when farmers on tractors, horses and on foot broke through barricades and clashed with police to enter the city. They stormed New Delhi's 17th century Red Fort in a brief but dramatic takeover on Jan. 26, India's Republic Day. One protester died and several hundred police officers were injured in the clashes. Officials have not said how many farmers were injured. The situation remains tense, with authorities extending an internet shutdown at the protest sites to midnight. (Image: AP)
The heavy security and added measures come a week after the protests turned violent when farmers on tractors, horses and on foot broke through barricades and clashed with police to enter the city. They stormed New Delhi's 17th century Red Fort in a brief but dramatic takeover on Jan. 26, India's Republic Day. One protester died and several hundred police officers were injured in the clashes. Officials have not said how many farmers were injured. The situation remains tense, with authorities extending an internet shutdown at the protest sites to midnight. (Image: AP)
Also, Twitter temporarily suspended the account of one of the protesting farmers' groups, Kisan Ekta Morcha, but restored it hours later after online outrage. The social media platform said in a statement that it acted upon a “valid legal request” issued by an authority, adding that it may withhold access to “certain content” if it receives a “properly scoped request from an authorized entity.” (Image: AP)
Also, Twitter temporarily suspended the account of one of the protesting farmers' groups, Kisan Ekta Morcha, but restored it hours later after online outrage. The social media platform said in a statement that it acted upon a “valid legal request” issued by an authority, adding that it may withhold access to “certain content” if it receives a “properly scoped request from an authorized entity.” (Image: AP)
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, or United Farmers Front, a coalition of farmers spearheading the protests, said the measures are “part of multiple attacks being organized by the government, police and administration.” The group has said it will hold a three-hour nationwide strike on February 6. (Image: AP)
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, or United Farmers Front, a coalition of farmers spearheading the protests, said the measures are “part of multiple attacks being organized by the government, police and administration.” The group has said it will hold a three-hour nationwide strike on February 6. (Image: AP)
Multiple rounds of talks between the government and the farmers have failed to end the stalemate. Farmers say the new laws will lead to the cartelization and commercialization of agriculture. The Modi government has said the reforms will benefit farmers and boost production through private investment. (Image: AP)
Multiple rounds of talks between the government and the farmers have failed to end the stalemate. Farmers say the new laws will lead to the cartelization and commercialization of agriculture. The Modi government has said the reforms will benefit farmers and boost production through private investment. (Image: AP)
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