New Delhi: In anticipation of the scheduled farmers’ march to Delhi on February 13, the Delhi Police have taken precautionary measures to maintain law and order. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has been imposed in North-East Delhi and at the borders with Uttar Pradesh to prevent any potential disturbances.
Section 144 has been enforced in Shahadara and Gandhi Nagar
Additionally, Section 144 has been enforced in Shahadara and Gandhi Nagar areas of the capital, prohibiting large gatherings until March 11. This decision comes as approximately 200 farmers’ unions gear up for the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march, demanding a dedicated law ensuring Minimum Support Price (MSP) for agricultural products and the withdrawal of cases filed against the farmer protestors for past protests.
Chandigarh administration also implemented Section 144
Meanwhile, the Chandigarh administration has also implemented Section 144 within city limits in response to the anticipated farmers’ agitation across the region. With tensions escalating ahead of the planned march, authorities are taking proactive steps to ensure public safety and prevent any potential disturbances.
The protesting farmers remain steadfast in their demands for MSP legislation, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, pensions for farmers, debt waivers, and justice for victims of recent violence incidents.
Entry of vehicles carrying protestors barred
The Delhi Police issued an order citing concerns over potential disruptions and the need to safeguard lives and property in the area. The order restricts public gatherings along the UP border and nearby areas within the North-East district, barring entry of vehicles carrying protestors from Uttar Pradesh.
“Information has been received that some farmer organisations have given a call to their supporters to gather/march to Delhi on 13th February for their demands of the law on MSP and others. They are likely to sit at the border of Delhi till their demands are met. In order to avoid any untoward incident and to maintain Law and Order, a precautionary Order of section 144 Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, is required to be issued to save the lives and property in the area,” read an order issued by Delhi Police on Sunday.
No weapons allowed
Furthermore, the order prohibits individuals from carrying weapons and threatens penalties for violations. Elaborate security arrangements are being made at the Punjab-Haryana borders, with extensive police deployment and physical barriers set up to manage any unrest.
“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,” the order added.
Traffic advisory issued for commercial vehicles
According to the traffic advisory issued by the Delhi Police, traffic restrictions/diversions will be imposed at the Singhu Border from Monday for commercial vehicles and from Tuesday for all types of vehicles.
Interstate buses intending to go towards Sonipat, Panipat, Karnal etc. via NH-44 will take ISBT to Majnu Ka Tilla to Signature Bridge to Khajuri Chowk to Loni Border to KMP via Khekra, according to the advisory.
Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) intending to go towards Sonipat, Panipat, Karnal etc. via NH-44 are suggested to take exit number-2 on NH-44 (DSIIDC) intersection to Harish Chander Hospital crossing to Bawana road crossing to Bawana Chowk to Bawana-Auchandi Road reaching Auchandi Border to KMP via Saidpur chowki, the advisory stated.