The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has closed the entry and exit gates at several metro stations, mainly in north and central Delhi, as thousands of protesting farmers entered the national capital as they took out a tractor rally against the new farm laws.
Clashes were seen in several parts of Delhi as the police used tear gas on groups of farmers and resorted to lathi-charge as protestors broke past barricades with tractors at different border points and did not take the pre-decided routes for their march in the national capital. In unprecedented visuals, protesting farmers also entered the Red Fort complex and hoisted flags from some domes of the iconic monument.
Entry and exit gates for several stations on Delhi Metro's green line stations are among those that have been closed. All stations on the grey line too are closed.
Security Update— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation I (@OfficialDMRC) January 26, 2021
Entry/exit gates of all stations on green line are closed. https://t.co/qsvJv21u3q
"Entry/exit gates of ITO metro station are closed," DMRC tweeted, referring to the station in central Delhi's ITO area where the protesting farmers reached.
Movement of vehicles too has been badly hit after several key roads were blocked or traffic was diverted. Entry to Delhi from neighbouring Gurgaon has been blocked at both points; from MG Road and from the Delhi-Jaipur highway.
All routes to the Ghazipur border in east Delhi has been blocked by Ghaziabad Police in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. The Delhi Traffic Police had asked commuters to avoid routes where protesting farmers are conducting their tractor rally.
Eleven rounds of talks have been held between the farmers and the government but there been no breakthrough. The farmers have turned down the centre's last offer to put the laws on hold for 18 months while a special committee conducts negotiations.
These are the Delhi Metro stations where the entry and exit gates are closed:
Brigadier Hoshiar Singh
Pandit Shree Ram Sharma
Mundka Industrial Area
Nangloi Railway Station
Rohini Sector 18/19
Haiderpur Badli Mor