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Delhi Borders Sealed, Security Beefed Up Ahead of SAD’s Protest Against Farm Laws

People have gathered near Gurudwara Rakab Ganj for a protest held by Shiromani Akali Dal.

Security personnel deployed at Delhi's Shankar road area. (Source: ANI)

New Delhi: Security personnel are deployed at Delhi’s Shankar road area, ahead of a protest march by Shiromani Akali Dal, against the Centre’s three farm laws.

As per reports, few people have gathered near Gurudwara Rakab Ganj for a protest held by Shiromani Akali Dal. “We are in talks with their leaders and have clearly informed that there is no permission to hold a protest,” said Deepak Yadav, DCP, New Delhi district on Friday.

Ahead of the ‘black Friday’ protest march, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said that the borders of Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib are being cordoned off and Delhi borders are being sealed.

“Looking at the number of farmers and Akali Dal cadre coming for the protest today, Rakab Ganj Sahib is being cordoned off to stop Punjabis from entering. This is a reminder of dark dictatorial times,” the party tweeted earlier.

SAD further alleged that Punjab registered vehicles are being stopped at the Delhi borders. “All Delhi borders have been sealed and Punjab vehicles are being stopped. While all others pass, Punjabis are being told that our entry has been restricted. Our peaceful voices have seemingly scared the powers that be,” they said.

To mark the completion of one year of continuing protests against three farm laws, a protest march was organised on Friday from Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib to the Parliament building.

The protest is said to be led by SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal and SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Speaking to ANI, SAD General Secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra had assured that the protest march would be peaceful.

Punjab’s main opposition party AAP will also observe September 17 as “black day” on the completion of one year of the enactment of the Centre’s three farm laws, it said on Thursday. The Aam Aadmi Party will also hold candle marches across the state to pay tribute to the farmers who died during the ongoing agitation against the farm legislations. In a statement here, AAP MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan said there was “resentment” among farmers across the country against the “black farm laws” enacted by the Narendra Modi-led central government.

The three farm laws that were passed last year include the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.

(With PTI and ANI Inputs)

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