Shiromani Akali Dal's Sukhbir Badal, Harsmirat Kaur Detained by Delhi Police for Violating Sec 144

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Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, Lok Sabha MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal and around a dozen other leaders were detained by Delhi Police on Friday at the protest march against the Centre’s farm laws.

Badal and the others were detained for violating Section 144, orders banning large gatherings, and taken to the Parliament Street Police Station.

Earlier, the Delhi Traffic Police alerted commuters about closure of specific roads and suggested diversions to avoid any inconvenience. Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police informed about closure of roads at Jharoda Kalan border and suggested commuters to refrain from using these routes in view of the farmers’ movement.

A senior police officer said, “Members of Shiromani Akali Dal have gathered at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj on Friday morning in view of a protest march organised by them against the farm laws.” The SAD under the leadership of its President Sukhbir Singh Badal had given a call to take out a the march starting from Gurdwara Talab Ganj Sahib to Parliament House against the “anti-farmer” laws passed by the Central government. Due to a demonstration call by farmers to assemble at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj, police pickets have been placed in precaution at different areas in the national capital while traffic is being released after vehicles have been checked, a senior traffic police officer said.

The protesters had given a call for a march from Gurudarwa Rakab Ganj to Parliament to oppose the Centre’s new farm laws. “Gurdwara Rakabganj Road, RML Hospital, GPO, Ashoka Road, Baba Kharak Singh Marg will be full due to the farmers’ movement. Please refrain from using these routes,” the Delhi Traffic Police tweeted in Hindi.

“Jharoda Kalan border both the roads have been closed by barricading dye to the farmers movement, please refrain from using this route,” another tweet mentioned. According to police, the road from Sardar Patel Marg to Dhaula Kuan has been closed for traffic due to the farmers’ movement.

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