Delhi Metro, Mandi House, ITO, chakka jam, farmers

‘Chakka jam’: Entry, exit gates at 10 metro stations closed in Delhi; reopened

Ten Delhi Metro stations, including Mandi House and ITO, were closed on Saturday for the duration of the ‘chakka jam’ called by farmers agitating against the new agri laws and reopened after the protest ended at 3 pm.
Farmer unions on Monday had announced a countrywide ‘chakka jam’ on February 6 during which they would block national and state highways between 12 noon and 3 pm to protest the internet ban in areas near their agitation sites, harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities, and other issues.
However, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of the farmer unions, on Friday had said the protesters will not block roads in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the ‘chakka jam’.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in a series of tweets in the morning informed commuters that multiple stations have been closed.
“Security Update Entry/exit gates of Mandi House, ITO and Delhi Gate are closed,” it tweeted.
It later also tweeted that entry and exit gates of Vishwavidyalaya station were also closed.
“Entry/exit gates of Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Janpath and Central Secretariat are closed. Interchange facility is available,” the DMRC said.
“Entry/exit gates of Khan Market and Nehru Place are closed,” it tweeted.
Elaborating on the security arrangements for the ‘chakka jam’, Delhi Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Chinmoy Biswal on Friday had said that in view of the violence on January 26, adequate security arrangements have been put in place by the Delhi Police at the borders so that miscreants are not able to enter the national capital.
After the Republic Day violence, the Delhi Police has deployed additional measures, including tightening security and intensifying vigil at the city’s border points, to deal with any situation emerging out of the ‘chakka jam’, officials had said.
During the ‘Chakka jam’ on Saturday, farmers shouted slogans and parked their tractors-trolleys in the middle of highways at several places in Punjab and Haryana to block roads.
In Rajasthan too, farmers protesting against the Centre’s new agri laws and other issues blocked roads at several places.
The DMRC in the evening tweeted that entry and exit gates of all 10 metro stations had been re-opened, and normal service were resumed.
“Security Update Entry/exit gates of all stations are open. Normal service has resumed,” it tweeted.