A have a look at roads resulting in the Capital and it offers you a way of déjà vu from 2020. The 12 months when farmers thronged Delhi to protest towards the now-repealed farm legal guidelines. This time, the farmers are gearing as much as march to Delhi as a part of their ‘Delhi Chalo’ marketing campaign.
And protecting the farmers’ march in thoughts, scheduled for in the present day (13 February), authorities have deployed police, paramilitary personnel in massive numbers and in addition carried out multi-layered barricading at Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur to be able to forestall the protesting farmers from getting into Delhi.
We take a better have a look at the assorted safety measures undertaken in addition to the visitors restrictions imposed as hundreds of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh gear up for the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march.
All roads result in Delhi
Over 200 farmers’ unions, together with the Samyukta Kisan Morcha and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha, will participate within the march in the present day after talks with Union ministers — Piyush Goyal and Arjun Munda — have been inconclusive.
The ministers had met with the farmers on Monday (12 February) for over 5 hours however their talks yielded no optimistic outcomes. In consequence, Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee Common Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher on Tuesday early morning stated: “The central government has not been able to make a strong decision on anything. The government is asking for time from us to pause the agitation. But they asked us for time two years ago too, when the farmers’ agitation ended. We thought that giving time is not suitable now. If there is a strong proposal, then we can think of giving time, but they don’t have anything.”
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He additional introduced that the farmers will start their march in the direction of Delhi at 10 am. The protesting farmers have three principal calls for — enactment of a legislation to ensure a Minimal Help Worth for all crops, farmer mortgage waiver and the implementation of the Swaminathan Fee suggestions.
Safety’s up, boundaries at Delhi borders
In preparation for the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march, authorities have intensified safety within the Capital with multi-layer barricades, concrete blocks, iron nails and partitions of containers at border factors to cease the throng of farmers atop tractors and trolleys from getting into town.
Furthermore, police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in large numbers at three factors — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. In accordance with an official, makeshift jails have additionally been arrange at “specific locations” in view of the march.
The police are additionally utilizing drones to maintain a decent vigil at border factors, an official stated, including that they’re totally ready to cope with any legislation and order state of affairs.
Along with this, the Delhi Police has additionally imposed prohibitory orders beneath Section 144 of the CrPC for a month — till 12 March. The order primarily bans the gathering of individuals for processions and rallies. Moreover, it bans the entry of tractors into town in addition to bars folks from gathering or carrying any kind or explosives, boulders, acid, petrol, soda water bottles or any merchandise that can be utilized to trigger hazard to anybody.
The Delhi Police has additionally began finishing up detailed safety checks on the borders, stated an official.
The prohibitory orders have additionally been imposed by the Haryana authorities for 15 of its districts. Moreover, the Haryana authorities has suspended cell web providers and bulk SMS in seven districts — Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad, and Sirsa — from 11 to 13 February.
In and round Delhi, visitors restrictions have additionally been imposed, which might trigger inconvenience to commuters. Interstate buses meaning to go in the direction of Sonipat, Panipat, Karnal and so forth by way of NH-44 will take ISBT to Majnu Ka Tilla to Signature Bridge to Khajuri Chowk to Loni Border to KMP by way of Khekra.
Site visitors from Delhi going to Ghaziabad via Ghazipur border must take Pushta Highway in entrance of Akshardham temple or, Patparganj Highway/Mom Dairy highway or, Chaudhary Charan Singh Marg ISBT Anand Vihar and exit from Maharajpur or Apsara border in UP Ghaziabad.
Farmers put together for the lengthy haul
And regardless of the huge preparations, farmers appear intent on their ‘Delhi Chalo’ marketing campaign. Farmers have packed important objects, together with dry ration, mattresses and utensils, amongst others on to their tractors, as they head out in the direction of the Capital.
An excavator can be among the many convoy of tractor trolleys, with a farmer in Amritsar saying it could be used to interrupt barricades.
Earlier, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha additionally slammed the Centre’s dealing with of the protest alleging that an environment of terror is being created to frighten folks. “The administration is imposing Section 144 in and around Delhi and Haryana and diverting the traffic without any prior advisory to the public. It is creating an atmosphere of terror to frighten off the people. The Modi government is treating the protesters as if they are enemies of the country,” they stated.
In the meantime, different Opposition leaders reminiscent of Akhilesh Yadav and Uddhav Thackeray slammed the Centre for its dealing with of the problem. Thackeray was quoted as saying, “If the Central government is working for farmers then why did it put thorns and nails in their path and dug trenches, besides deploying thousands of policemen.”
With inputs from companies