New Delhi: Amid calls by farmers associations for another protest march in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) on February 13, the Delhi Police on Sunday imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code around areas near national capital’s border with Uttar Pradesh. The decision has been taken to avoid any untoward incident.
Issuing an order, the Delhi Police said that it received information that some farmer’s associations have asked their supporters to reach Delhi on February 13 to press for their demands. The farmers may also sit near Delhi border till their demands are met. It is for this reason that section 144 Criminal Procedure Code is required to be issued on a precautionary measure. The order prohibited the gathering of the public at the borders between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, as well as areas under the jurisdictional area of north east district.
What the Delhi Police order says
“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 by Delhi Police said.
The order further added, “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. ”
In the meantime, arrangements are being done to seal borders between Punjab and Haryana ahead of farmers’ ‘Delhi Chalo’ march.
Know what farmers are demanding
Importantly, farmers are demanding the law from the government guaranteeing Minimum Support Price (MSP). The same was one of the conditions farmers had set before the government when they agreed to withdraw their agitation in 2021 against three farm laws which repealed later.