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Farmers’ Delhi-Chalo Protest: Section 144 Imposed at Delhi-UP Borders

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In an effort to prevent any untoward incidents and uphold law and order, the Delhi Police on Sunday enforced section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code at the borders with Uttar Pradesh in advance of another farmer agitation scheduled for February 13.

We have learned that certain farmer organizations have called on their followers to rally or march to Delhi on February 13th in support of their demands regarding the MSP law and other issues. They will probably remain at Delhi’s border until their demands are fulfilled. A precautionary order under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 must be issued to protect the lives and property in the area in order to prevent any untoward incident and to maintain Law & Order, the Delhi Police stated in order.

According to the order, the gathering of public at all borders between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and nearby areas in the jurisdictional area of north east district will be prohibited.

“Prohibit entering of Tractors, Trolleys, Buses, Trucks, commercial vehicles, personal vehicles, on horses etc, carrying protestors in Delhi from Uttar Pradesh. Order that the North East District Police shall make all efforts to prevent protestors from entering Delhi,” the order stated.

“Order that no person / protestor shall be allowed to bear arms, including firearms, swords, trishul, spears, lathi, rods etc. North East District Police shall make all efforts to detain these persons at the spot. Order that any person found to be acting in contravention to this order shall be liable to be punished under section 188 of the India Penal Code, 1860,” it added.

Elaborate arrangements are also underway to seal the Punjab-Haryana borders in Ambala, Jind, and Fatehabad districts ahead of the planned ‘Delhi Chalo’ march.

Farmers are demanding a law guaranteeing a minimum support price (MSP), one of the conditions they had set when they agreed to withdraw their agitation against the now-repealed farm laws in 2021.

They are also demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, pensions for farmers and farm labourers, farm debt waiver, withdrawal of police cases and “justice” for victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

In 2020, a large number of farmers from Punjab and nearby areas of Ambala gathered at the Shambhu border and broke police barriers to march towards Delhi.

The farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, held a year-long protest on Delhi’s border points – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – against the three now-repealed farm laws.

According to DCP Sumer Singh Pratap, the Haryana government had earlier invoked Section 144 in Panchkula, which forbids processions, protests, and the carrying of weapons.

Due to expected disruptions, the Haryana Police has released a traffic advisory advising commuters to minimize their use of major roads on February 13. To lessen possible traffic congestion, alternate routes have been recommended for commuters traveling between Chandigarh and Delhi.

In seven districts of Haryana, mobile internet services and bulk SMS services have been discontinued in an effort to control the dissemination of false information and preserve public order.

Senior police officers have inspected border crossings to evaluate security measures, including the DGP of Haryana and the SP of Ambala.

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