In anticipation of the proposed ‘Delhi Chalo March’ by farmers from neighbouring states on February 13, Delhi’s border security has been significantly heightened. Authorities have imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in northeast Delhi, and police presence has been bolstered across all border areas.
Protest demands MSP law
Several farmers’ associations, primarily from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab, have announced plans for a protest on February 13. Their primary demand is the enactment of a law guaranteeing Minimum Support Price (MSP), a condition they had stipulated when withdrawing their agitation in 2021.
Police on high alert
Amid concerns that the protest may escalate, Delhi police are on high alert and have mobilised all available resources to prevent farmers from entering the city.
Precautionary measures implemented
In an official order, Tirkey highlighted the potential for mobilisation and activities by farmers and their supporters, including the use of tractors, trolleys, and arms. To maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incidents, section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has been invoked, prohibiting the gathering of the general public at all border points.