Farmers, predominantly from Punjab, Haryana, and Western Uttar Pradesh, are once again mobilizing towards Delhi to protest against various issues related to farming, marking the beginning of Farmer Protest 2.0.
This resurgence comes nearly two years after the previous protests, which focused primarily on repealing the contentious farm laws, a demand that was eventually met by the government.
Current Situation and Security Measures:
With the renewed protests, authorities in Delhi and neighboring states have heightened security measures, including the imposition of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Borders between Punjab and Haryana, as well as Haryana and Delhi, have been sealed to prevent the influx of protesting farmers into the national capital.
The Delhi Police have prohibited public gatherings at the borders between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, anticipating potential disruptions to public order and safety.
Evolution of Protest Leadership:
Unlike the previous protests organized under the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the current demonstrations are spearheaded by a breakaway faction of the umbrella organization.
Notable leaders from previous protests, such as Darshan Pal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Rakesh Tikait, and Balbir Singh Rajewal, are not prominently involved this time.
Farmers’ Demands and Strategy:
The demands put forth by protesting farmers extend beyond the repeal of farm laws and include broader issues related to agricultural policies and financial sustainability.
Key demands include legal guarantees for Minimum Support Price (MSP) and other measures deemed essential for the economic viability of farming.
Delhi Police Precautionary Measures:
In response to the planned protests, the Delhi Police have implemented Section 144 to maintain law and order and prevent potential disruptions.
Restrictions include prohibitions on public gatherings, entry of vehicles carrying protestors from Uttar Pradesh into Delhi, and possession of weapons or potential instruments of violence.
Violators of these orders are subject to legal consequences under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Border Sealing and Preparation:
Alongside Delhi, preparations are underway to seal borders between Punjab and Haryana in districts like Ambala, Jind, and Fatehabad, anticipating the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march.
These measures aim to preemptively address security concerns and ensure public safety amidst the expected surge in protest activity.
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