Noida Police steps up security in view of proposed farmers’ march to the Parliament

Farmer groups in Noida and Greater Noida led by the Bharatiya Kisan Parishad (BKP) are proposed to assemble at the Mahamaya Flyover in Noida at 12.30 pm on Thursday and are gearing to march towards the Parliament in Delhi, to press for hiked compensation and developed plots against their land acquired by the local development authorities in the past.
Ahead of the protest demonstrations, which started last December, Noida Police has imposed CrPC section 144 for Wednesday and Thursday.
The police have also issued a traffic advisory, cautioning the commuters against diversions on some routes in the twin cities in view of the farmers’ movement.

Traffic has been severely hit in some parts of Delhi and surrounding areas, ahead of the farmers march to the national capital.

The farmer groups have called for a ‘kisan mahapanchayat‘ on Wednesday leading up to march to Parliament. The Delhi Police have denied permission for the farmers to enter the city, leading to heightened security measures at the borders.
Two separate protests are on the cards.
Farmers in Haryana and Punjab, who have planned a tractor march on Tuesday, have several demands, including a law to guarantee Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops, pension for farmers, crop insurance and the quashing of FIRs registered against farmers during the 2020 protest.

On the national capital’s borders with Haryana, preparations are on to block the farmers when they try to enter Delhi on Tuesday.

Cement barriers, similar to the ones used during the 2020-21 protest, have been brought in and sandbags can also be spotted on the Delhi-Haryana border, although law enforcement is yet to be deployed in larger numbers.

Haryana police have also issued notices to farmers, asking them not to join the protest and warning them of ‘huge losses.’

Haryana police have also sought assistance from central forces to block the farmers on its borders with Punjab.

The ‘Samyukt Kisan Morcha‘ that lead the 2020 protest is not part of this protest. This is being led by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (apolitical). Several outfits from Haryana are also expected to join in.

Visuals show long traffic jams at the Delhi-Noida expressway amid police barricades set up to check every vehicle entering the national capital.

Noida Police have issued a traffic advisory, cautioning commuters about diversions on select routes in Noida and Greater Noida.

The diversions are currently in place in Dadri, Tilapata, Surajpur, Sirsa, Rampur-Fatehpur, and other routes of Greater Noida.

Expecting traffic chaos, the Delhi Police Commissionerate has also issued an advisory outlining restrictions on the Yamuna Expressway and Noida-Greater Noida Expressway for the smooth conduct of the farmers’ protest program.

The restrictions are in effect from 7 am to 10.30 pm today.

Traffic operations are continuously being managed, with personnel stationed at various points to facilitate smooth movement.

A helpline number for commuters facing difficulties has also been set up: Traffic Help Line at 9971009001 for assistance.

The Rapid Action Force have also been called in to keep the situation under control. Riot control vehicles are on the spot and drones are being used as added security measures.