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Farmers' Protest Updates: 40 people detained in Maharashtra's Satara for holding chakka jam

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan's wife Satvasheela Chavan and farmers were among those detained for holding the protest on a busy road at Kolhapur Naka in Karad

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Farmers' Protest Updates: 40 people detained in Maharashtra's Satara for holding chakka jam

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Feb 06, 2021 - 18:11 (IST)

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Will stay put till 2 October, says Rakesh Tikait

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait Saturday said the protesters demanding the rollback of the contentious agri-marketing laws on Delhi's outskirts will stay put till 2 October.

"We will sit here till 2 October," said Tikait, the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), who is camping with his supporters on a stretch of the Delhi-Meerut highway since November.

Interacting with the press after the chakka jam ended on Saturday, he claimed a few inputs had been received regarding some miscreants trying to disrupt peace during the chakka jam. Because of these inputs, we had decided to call off the chakka jam' in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the 51-year-old Tikait, credited with reviving the farmers' stir, said.  

Feb 06, 2021 - 17:17 (IST)

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Maharashtra farmers stage 'rasta roko' in Karad; 40 detained

A 'rasta roko' was staged in Karad city in Satara district of Maharashtra on Saturday as part of the 'chakka jam' protest called by farmer bodies agitating at borders of New Delhi against the three new farm laws.

At least 40 protesters, including senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan's wife Satvasheela Chavan and farmers, were detained by the police for holding the protest on a busy road at Kolhapur Naka in Karad in western Maharashtra on Saturday afternoon, PTI quoted a police official as saying.

They were detained under sections 68 and 69 of the Mumbai Police Act and released.

Feb 06, 2021 - 16:34 (IST)

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DMRC opens gates of all stations, services resume

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation tweeted that all the metro stations were now opened and accessible, and services had resumed as per usual.

The gates of at least seven stations were shut as a safety measure on Saturday in view of the farmers' nationwide chakka jam, scheduled from 12 pm to 3 pm. Even though protesters said that the chakka jam demonstration would not be observed in the National Capital, the Delhi Police tightened security ahead of the event.

Feb 06, 2021 - 16:12 (IST)

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Karnataka govt says it is in touch with farmer leaders

Karnataka home minister Basavaraja Bommaih said, "We are in touch with farm leaders and have requested for smooth traffic flow. 'Chakka Jaam' will be for a limited time, so we will see there is no traffic hazard anywhere. Neither farmers nor commuters should be affected."

Feb 06, 2021 - 15:43 (IST)

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MHA orders suspension of internet till midnight

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) ordered the suspension of internet at the Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur border protest sites in view of the chakka jam. The order, which was issued on Friday, said that internet should be suspended from midnight on 5 February to midnight on 6 February, Hindustan Times reported.

Feb 06, 2021 - 15:27 (IST)

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Farmers protesting in Haryana's Palwal make way for ambulance

Farmers blocking the Palwal-Agra highway at the Atohan Chowk near Palwal in Haryana, as part of the nationwide chakka jam protest, made way for an ambulance. The SKM, which is leading the chakka jam demonstrations, said that the protesters will not block ambulances and school buses during their protest.

Feb 06, 2021 - 15:06 (IST)

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Farmers in Karnataka block highways protesting Centre's farm laws

Farmers on Saturday blocked highways in different parts of Karnataka, to express solidarity with the farmers protesting against the contentious agriculture laws introduced by the Centre, in New Delhi and demanding withdrawal of the legislations.

In response to a call given by various farmers' associations led by Kuruburu Shanthakumar, farmers in the state swarmed all highways leading to and out of Bengaluru. A few pro-Kannada organisations too came in support of the agitators and staged demonstrations.

The demonstrations took place in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kolar, Koppal, Bagalkote, Tumakuru Davangere, Hassan, Mangaluru, Haveri, Shivamogga, Chikkaballapura, and other places. Protesters courted arrest in some parts of the state, including the capital city, PTI reported.

Feb 06, 2021 - 14:49 (IST)

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Police remove protesters from highway outside Hyderabad

Telangana Police on Saturday removed protesters who were agitating on a highway on the outskirts of Hyderabad as part of the countrywide 'chakka jaam' announced by protesting farmers, The Times of India reported.

Feb 06, 2021 - 14:33 (IST)

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Centre should accept protesting farmers' demands, says Manish Sisodia

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday said the BJP-led government at the Centre should accept the demands of the farmers protesting against the three new agriculture laws. He alleged that the ruling BJP has brought these laws for the benefit of some corporates by ignoring the interests of farmers.

Sisodia is in Ahmedabad to hold a road-show ahead of the municipal corporation elections. His statements come amid the nationwide 'chakka jam' protest being held on Saturday by the farmers protesting the farm laws.

"There is high alert in Delhi, but one can understand the pain of farmers across the country. I have seen that farmers from Gujarat also went to Delhi to present their points (on farm laws)," he said.

Feb 06, 2021 - 14:16 (IST)

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50 detained in Delhi for staging protest in support of farmers

Around 50 people were detained near Shaheedi Park in central Delhi on Saturday for allegedly holding a protest in support of the 'chakka jam' call given by the farmers agitating against the Centre's new agri laws, PTI reported.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of the farmer unions protesting the three farm laws, said on Friday the protesters will not block roads in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the 'chakka jam', even as it asserted that farmers in other parts of the country will block national and state highways for three hours between 12 noon and 3 pm, but in a peaceful way.

The Delhi Police has intensified security at all border points of the city as thousands of personnel including paramilitary forces have been deployed to deal with any situation emerging out of the 'chakka jam'.

Farmers' Protest LATEST Updates: A 'rasta roko' was staged in Karad city in Satara district of Maharashtra on Saturday as part of the 'chakka jam' protest called by farmer bodies agitating at borders of New Delhi against the three new farm laws.

At least 40 protesters, including senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan's wife Satvasheela Chavan and farmers, were detained by the police for holding the protest on a busy road at Kolhapur Naka in Karad in western Maharashtra this afternoon, PTI quoted a police official as saying.

They were detained under sections 68 and 69 of the Mumbai Police Act and released.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation tweeted that all the metro stations were now opened and accessible, and services had resumed as per usual.

The gates of at least seven stations were shut as a safety measure on Saturday in view of the farmers' nationwide chakka jam, scheduled from 12 pm to 3 pm. Even though protesters said that the chakka jam demonstration would not be observed in the National Capital, the Delhi Police tightened security ahead of the event.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) ordered the suspension of internet at the Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur border protest sites in view of the chakka jam. The order, which was issued on Friday, said that internet should be suspended from midnight on 5 February to midnight on 6 February, Hindustan Times reported.

Farmers on Saturday blocked highways in different parts of Karnataka, to express solidarity with the farmers protesting against the contentious agriculture laws introduced by the Centre, in New Delhi and demanding withdrawal of the legislations.

In response to a call given by various farmers' associations led by Kuruburu Shanthakumar, farmers in the state swarmed all highways leading to and out of the
Bengaluru, to block it. A few pro-Kannada organisations too came in support of the agitators and staged demonstrations.

The demonstrations took place in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kolar, Koppal, Bagalkote, Tumakuru Davangere, Hassan, Mangaluru, Haveri, Shivamogga, Chikkaballapura, and other places. Protesters courted arrest in some parts of the state, including the capital city, PTI reported.

Around 50 people were detained near Shaheedi Park in central Delhi on Saturday for allegedly holding a protest in support of the 'chakka jam' call given by the farmers agitating against the Centre's new agri laws, PTI reported.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of the farmer unions protesting the three farm laws, said on Friday the protesters will not block roads in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the 'chakka jam', even as it asserted that farmers in other parts of the country will block national and state highways for three hours between 12 noon and 3 pm, but in a peaceful way.

The Delhi Police has intensified security at all border points of the city as thousands of personnel including paramilitary forces have been deployed to deal with any situation emerging out of the 'chakka jam'.

Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said they are holding road blockades at 33 places in 15 districts including Sangrur, Barnala and Bathinda in Punjab. In the morning, farmers started assembling at their earmarked protest sites for 'chakka jam' in both the states.

"Elders and youth have gathered here to participate in chakka jam. It will be peaceful," said a protester at the Punjab-Haryana border in Shambhu near Ambala.

"We want that the government should repeal these three laws as they are not in the interest of the farming community," said another protester.

Protesting farmers said emergency vehicles including ambulances and school buses will be allowed during the 'chakka jam'.

Reports said that the chakka jam protest, being led by the SKM, has begun across the country. In Bengaluru, protesters who were demonstrating outside the Yelankha police station were detained, reports said.

In Punjab, farmers have blocked the Lehragaga-Jakhal highway in the Sangrur district. The Indian Express also reported that farmers have blocked the Ladowal toll on National Highway 1 in Ludhiana.

The Haryana Police has also stepped up security measures in view of the protesting farmer unions' call for a countrywide 'chakka jam' on Saturday. Senior police officers have been asked to personally supervise security and traffic arrangements at vital junctions and roads, while district police chiefs have been directed to ensure deployment of adequate personnel, according to an official communication issued to them.

"It is assessed that as part of the protest programme on 6 February, protesting farmers/unions may attempt road blockades of important national highways, state highways and interior roads," it said, asking the police to ensure necessary security arrangements are in place.

The police commissioners and district police chiefs have also been asked to make all out efforts to liaise with local leaders of farmer organisations to ensure peaceful conduct of their proposed programme, it said.

The Delhi Police has tightened security ahead of the chakka jam planned by the SKM on Saturday. Delhi Police commissioner SN Shrivastava on Friday held a meeting with senior officers of the force and reviewed the security arrangements.

The police will also be monitoring content on the social media to keep a watch on those spreading rumours against the force.

After the violence on 26 January that had left over 500 security personnel injured and one protestor dead, Shrivastava had accused the protesting farmer union leaders of "betrayal and breaching the agreement" as some farmers deviated from their pre-decided routes for the tractor parade.

Elaborating about the security arrangements for the proposed 'chakka jam', Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal said that in view of the violence that took place on Republic Day, adequate security arrangements have been put in place at the borders so that miscreants are not able enter the National Capital.

While farmers have said that no chakka jam will be held in Delhi, the police said they have taken additional measures to deal with any situation emerging out of the protest.

"We are monitoring content on the social media to make sure rumours are not spread against the police. The protestors are camping at the borders of Delhi. We are in touch with the police force of other states also," he added. A senior police officer said to prevent any kind of law and order situation and disruption of normal life during the 'chakka jam', adequate forces are being deployed across the outer-north district of Delhi Police.

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 proposed 'chakka jam' on Saturday by farmers protesting the Centre's new farm laws.

Delhi Police commissioner SN Shrivastava also held a meeting with senior officers of the force and reviewed the security arrangements on Friday.

The police will also be monitoring content on the social media to keep a watch on those spreading rumours against the force, PTI quoted officials as saying.

After the violence on 26 January that had left over 500 security personnel injured and one protestor dead, Shrivastava had accused the protesting farmer union leaders of betrayal and breaching the agreement as thousands of peasants deviated from their pre-decided routes for the tractor parade.

Some farmers atop tractors had broken barriers, clashed with police and entered the city from various points to lay siege to the Red Fort on Republic Day.

Farmer unions on Monday had announced countrywide 'chakka jam' on 6 February, when they will block national and state highways between 12 pm 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.

Elaborating about the security arrangements for the proposed 'chakka jam', Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal on Friday said in view of the violence that took place on 26 January, adequate security arrangements have been put in place by the Delhi Police at the borders so that miscreants are not able enter the National Capital.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of the farmer unions protesting the three farm laws, on Friday said there would be no 'chakka jam' in Delhi on 6 February, even as it asserted that peasants in other parts of the country will block national and state highways for three hours but in a peaceful way.

However, police said they have taken additional measures to deal with any situation emerging out of the 'chakka jam'.

"We are monitoring content on the social media to make sure rumours are not spread against the police. The protestors are camping at the borders of Delhi. We are in touch with the police force of other states also," he added.

A senior police officer said to prevent any kind of law and order situation and disruption of normal life during the 'chakka jam', adequate forces are being deployed across the outer-north district of Delhi Police.

"We have a very high security arrangement at Singhu border at present but for Saturday, we are strengthening it at the border.

"We are deploying forces at all important points in the entire outer-north district of Delhi Police as a preventative measure to ensure that traffic and normal life is not affected, and also to ensure that there is no law and order situation or unauthorized 'chakka jam' being done by violating norms," he said.

Another senior police officer from east district of Delhi Police said as a precautionary measure, iron nails studded on the roads have also been repositioned behind the barricades at the Ghazipur border, another protest site.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Deepak Yadav said, "According to the protesting farmers, they will not enter the national capital, but still as a precautionary measure, we have made adequate security arrangements to maintain law and order. Adequate police presence will be in place at all important points and junctions across the district.

"There will be additional deployment of pickets at all the border points. All vehicles will be checked thoroughly at the entry and exit points of pickets and borders. Additional buses have already been taken and extra barricades are being put up at the picket points across the city."

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