Delhi Police has taken preemptive measures by imposing Section 144 across the national capital in anticipation of Tuesday’s farmers’ Delhi Chalo March. This decision comes amidst escalating tension and concerns of potential social unrest.
The imposition of Section 144 underscores the authorities’ commitment to ensuring the safety and security of citizens, as well as safeguarding public infrastructure and essential services during this critical period.
Delhi: Section 144 has been imposed in the entire Delhi in view of the farmers' call for March to Delhi on 13th February: Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora pic.twitter.com/ok59SfyjpU
— ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2024
Here’s a breakdown of the latest developments and updates regarding the impending protest:
Prohibition of Rallies and Processions
In an order issued by Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora, all rallies, processions, and road blockades have been prohibited for one month. This stringent measure aims to maintain public order and prevent disturbances from the anticipated farmer march.
Earlier in 2021, the Farmers’ Protest turned ugly, which saw Police and Farmers clash at different locations, leading to scores of injuries to each side. To avoid the same situation in 2024, the Delhi Police is taking preemptive measures ahead of another wave of protests in Delhi.
Ban on Tractor Rallies
Delhi Police has specifically banned tractor rallies attempting to breach the borders of the national capital. As thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh gear up for the ‘Dilli Chalo’ march on February 13, stringent regulations have been implemented to deter any attempts to disrupt law and order.
The prohibition of tractor rallies reflects the authorities’ proactive measures to prevent potential traffic congestion and ensure the smooth flow of vehicular movement along key routes and border areas.
Traffic Advisories and Diversions
In light of the upcoming protest, Delhi Traffic Police has issued advisories to commuters, particularly around the Singhu Border (Delhi-Haryana). Implementing diversions and traffic management strategies aims to minimize disruptions and ensure smooth vehicular movement amidst the anticipated influx of protesters.
Additionally, commuters are advised to plan their travel routes, follow designated traffic routes, and cooperate with law enforcement personnel to facilitate efficient traffic flow management during the protest period.
Updates on Farmers’ Protest
The ‘Delhi Chalo’ march, organized by more than 200 farm unions, is slated to demand various reforms, including a legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price (MSP) and implementing the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations. Amidst heightened security measures and government initiatives to address the farmers’ demands, tensions remain high as both parties navigate the path toward resolution.
#WATCH | General Secretary of Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Sarvan Singh Pandher says, "We will start from Beas & stay at Fatehgarh Sahib. Our demands are the same- MSP guarantee law, Sugar cane should be joined with C200…When a farmer turns 60 years old he should… pic.twitter.com/gE66fIdQXz
— ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2024
As the national capital braces for the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march and authorities intensify security measures, the situation remains dynamic, with stakeholders closely monitoring developments leading up to the scheduled protest. Stay tuned for further updates and insights on this evolving story.