- Delhi-Gurugram border sealed
- People came in to protest on roads after cars were being allowed to pass without checking
On Friday morning, a huge traffic jam blocked the road which connects Gurugram to the national Capital after the Haryana Government decided to put its foot down and seal the routes which go to Delhi over the concerns of growing COVID-19 cases.
Earlier this morning, hundreds of people who were stopped from crossing the Delhi-Gurugram border started protesting on the road when cars were being allowed to pass through the checkpoints without being checked.
The protestors questioned why they were being prohibited to move when vehicles were crossing the border without any problem. A group of people riding cycles, mostly workers, then blocked the road in protest. The traffic came to a complete standstill behind them.
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As the size of the protestors grew, some police personnel were seen trying to persuade them to clear the road. After an hour of negotiations, the checkpoint was completely sealed for everyone, including motorists, with the exception being the essential services.
The cases of the novel Coronavirus have been on a rise in districts sharing a border with Delhi, said Anil Vij, Home Minister of Haryana, on Thursday.
Vij said, “The main reason behind the spike in cases is the entry of people from Delhi into areas of Haryana which share its border with Delhi,”.
He added, “In the last one week, Faridabad reported 98 cases, Jhajjar reported six cases, Sonipat 27 and Gurugram 111 cases. Barring those categories for which relaxation has been granted by the high court and the Home Ministry, the inter-state border should be sealed,”.
2 weeks ago the Delhi High Court had to mediate and order Haryana to allow those who are involved in the essential services to travel between Delhi and Haryana and remove the special restrictions put on the borders.
The government of Haryana then gave an undertaking wherein it assured that the essential services workers including the Doctors, Nurses, Policemen and people working in Courts and Municipal Agencies will be allowed to travel between Delhi and Haryana but condition being they have a valid e-pass.