Indian police erected metal and concrete barricades on the highway to the national capital on Monday and banned public gatherings in Delhi, as thousands of farmers in north India begun their march to the parliament to demand minimum crop prices.
Several farmer unions have called for a 'Delhi Chalo', or 'March to Delhi' protest, echoing the agitation which began in late 2020 against three farm billswhich would have eroded government support for India's agricultural sector. The protest lasted over a year with hundreds of protesters killed, and culminated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's national government repealing the laws.
They were the largest public disturbances and mass protests faced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government since his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power in 2014.
Security arrangements at the border
Long convoys of tractors gathered on borders between the capital and neighboring Haryana state on Monday.
In response, the police have set up barricades with metal spikes, temporary jails and alternative routes for ambulances, according to local media.