Amidst the ongoing farmers’ protest, Delhi has invoked Section 144 of CrPC for a month, starting this Tuesday, to ensure law and order.
The decision aims to curb any unlawful gatherings related to the farmers’ protest, prohibiting processions, demonstrations, rallies, or marches within Delhi limits until March 12.
The police justify these measures, citing a potential risk of widespread tension, public nuisance, and social unrest due to the perceived threat of violence from the march participants, equipped with modified tractors.
The police have taken steps to manage the situation, including deploying 10,000-15,000 personnel at Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders, along with the acquisition of equipment like belt cutters.
In addition to border deployments, there were plans to convert Bawana Stadium in northwest Delhi into a temporary jail. However, the Delhi government rejected this demand, with Home Minister Kailash Gehlot stating, “The demands of the farmers are genuine, and it is the constitutional right of every citizen to make a peaceful protest. Therefore, arresting the farmers is incorrect.”
Here are 10 key points regarding the farmers’ protests:
- Farmers plan to march towards Delhi after inconclusive discussions with Union ministers, demanding legal guarantees for Minimum Support Price (MSP).
- Haryana fortifies its borders with Punjab using concrete blocks, iron nails, and barbed wire to thwart the proposed march.
- Section 144 restrictions imposed in 15 districts of Haryana, prohibiting assemblies and demonstrations with tractor trolleys.
- Samyukta Kisan Morcha and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha announce the march to press for demands, including a law ensuring MSP for crops.
- The march is set to start at 10 am from Ambala-Shambhu, Khanauri-Jind, and Dabwali borders, monitored by drones and CCTV cameras.
- Massive police deployment and barricades at Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders with anti-riot gear to manage the situation.
- Haryana converts stadiums in Sirsa and Dabwali into makeshift jails ahead of the planned march.
- AAP emphasizes the immediate fulfillment of farmers’ demands, criticizing Haryana’s treatment of farmers.
- Commuters advised to consider alternative routes via Alipur Cut to Shani Mandir, Palla Bakhtawarpur Road, Dahisara Village Road, and Singhu Stadium for destinations like Sonipat, Panipat, Karnal, via NH-44.
- Delhi braces for a challenging situation as the government and farmers navigate through the complex issues of the protest.