Delhi Police detained around 60 people near Shaheedi Park at Delhi Gate on Saturday for allegedly holding a protest in support of the ‘chakka jam’ call by the farmers. Most of the people confined were students from the JNU and DU’s School of Open Learning (SOL) as well as members of All India Student Association (AISA), International Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), and All India United Trade Union Centre (AICTU).
Farmer unions had proclaimed a countrywide ‘chakka jam’ on Saturday during which they would block national and state highways between 12 noon and 3 pm. However, they had said they will not block roads in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. The permission to perform a protest was rejected. Despite that, around 60 persons collected at the Shaheedi Park and wanted to take out a march till ITO.
The police detained all the protestors and cleared the site, said Jasmeet Singh, DCP, Central District. A case for performing protest without permission and violating the Covid-19 rules and Disease Act may be slapped on the protesters, said the official. To prevent gathering and people from joining the protest, the Delhi Police also instructed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to close about 10 metro stations.
AIKMS also contended that the police detained Pragatisheel Mahila Sanghathan General Secretary Poonam at her house. They were later released. AIKMS has denounced Delhi police for detaining several leaders of the ‘Delhi for Farmers’ forum which has announced support for farmers’, said Ashish Mittal, AIKMS.
About 50,000 personnel from Delhi Police, paramilitary, Rapid Action Force (RAF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and other security forces staff were deployed across the Delhi-NCR because of the ‘chakka jam’ call.