The decision, effective until March 12, 2023, is a response to concerns regarding potential unrest and violence, reminiscent of past events like the 2020 farmers’ agitation.
According to an official order, various farmer organizations have called for a gathering and march to Delhi on February 13 to amplify their demands, which include the enactment of legislation on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and the implementation of recommendations from the Swaminathan Commission.
Furthermore, protesters are expected to converge at the Delhi border until their grievances are addressed. The imposition of Section 144 prohibits gatherings of five or more individuals, with or without arms, throughout the jurisdiction of Delhi, encompassing restrictions on road blockades, processions, and the use of amplifiers in public spaces.
In addition, stringent measures have been put in place to monitor the entry of vehicles carrying individuals or items such as sticks, guns, swords, and firearms into the city. Vehicular traffic originating from the borders of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh towards Delhi will undergo thorough inspection as directed by the Delhi Police.
The farmers’ demands extend beyond MSP legislation, encompassing broader issues like pensions for farmers and farm laborers, farm debt relief, the withdrawal of legal cases, and justice for the victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. Despite the challenges, protesting farmers remain resolute in seeking viable solutions for the agricultural community.
The enforcement of Section 144 reflects authorities’ proactive stance in maintaining law and order and preventing potential disruptions, underscoring the delicate balance between the right to peaceful protest and the necessity to ensure public safety.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha and various other farmers’ unions and associations have announced a ‘Delhi Chalo’ march to stage a protest outside the Parliament, urging policymakers to take prompt action on their demands.
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