The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Tuesday closed over 35 stations, mainly in central Delhi and north Delhi, as thousands of protesting farmers entered the national capital as they took out a tractor rally against the new farm reform laws.
Within an hour of the DMRC tweeting that entry and exit gates of several stations on the green and yellow lines were being shut after clashes were seen in several parts of Delhi, it closed the grey line, too, which has four stations on the route. Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil and Mansarovar Park metro station were also shut subsequently. The police used tear gas and lathi-charged protesting farmers after they broke police barricades in the morning to force their way into the city. Follow live updates here.
Police said the farmers also did not take the pre-decided routes for their march in the national capital. "Some groups of farmers did not relent and started moving towards the Outer Ring Road breaking police barricades," an official said.
As a result, the DMRC shut down gates at the ITO, Indraprastha and Lal Quila stations in central Delhi. "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. The Delhi Traffic Police had asked commuters to avoid routes where protesting farmers are conducting their tractor rally.
On the green line, the Delhi Metro has shut the gates of the following 11 stations: Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Bahadurgarh City, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Tikri Border, Tikri Kalan, Ghevra, Mundka Industrial Area, Mundka, Rajdhani Park, Nangloi Railway Station, Nangloi.
Security Update Entry for the following green line stations are closed: Brigadier Hoshiar Singh Bahadurgarh City Pandit Shree Ram Sharma Tikri Border Tikri Kalan Ghevra Mundka Industrial Area Mundka Rajdhani Park Nangloi Railway Station Nangloi Exit for stations is permitted. — Delhi Metro Rail Corporation I कृपया मास्क पहनें😷 (@OfficialDMRC) January 26, 2021
In another update, the Delhi metro said that gates have also been shut of 11 stations in north Delhi. These are Samaypur Badli, Rohini Sector 18/19, Haiderpur Badli Mor, Jahangir Puri, Adarsh Nagar, Azadpur, Model Town, GTB Nagar, Vishwavidyalaya, Vidhan Sabha and Civil Lines.
Security Update Entry/exit gates of Samaypur Badli, Rohini Sector 18/19, Haiderpur Badli Mor, Jahangir Puri, Adarsh Nagar, Azadpur, Model Town, GTB Nagar, Vishwavidyalaya, Vidhan Sabha and Civil Lines are closed. — Delhi Metro Rail Corporation I कृपया मास्क पहनें😷 (@OfficialDMRC) January 26, 2021
Tuesday's tractor rally is being held by farmers after eleven rounds of talks with the government failed to end the deadlock. The farmers have turned down the Centre's last offer to put the laws on hold for a year and a half while a special committee formed by the Supreme Court conducts negotiations to end the stalemate.