The Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the Centre to resolve the ongoing farmers' agitation immediately, and issued notices to Punjab, Haryana, and the Union government asking for status reports.
The high court was hearing two petitions around the farmers' protest around the borders of Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana.
It also suggested that even if a demonstration has to take place, the states should identify a designated area for the agitators, while noting that the protesters have the fundamental right to expression.
It further said that the state government is also duty-bound to protect its citizens and ensure no inconvenience is caused to them.
3 years after farmers ended their year-long agitation against the now withdrawn farm laws, they are again marching towards Delhi. Like 2020-2021, they are prepared for the long haul.
According to reports, intelligence input indicates that about 1,500 tractors and 500 vehicles have been mobilised for the 'Delhi Chalo' march. The vehicles are said to be loaded with six months’ worth of food, rations and logistics.
Tractors have been modified to turn them into makeshift shelters. The report further claimed that the farmers, arriving in small groups, plan to take shelter in gurudwaras, dharamshalas, ashrams, guest houses around Delhi.
Given tight security on all entry points to Delhi, it is suspected that the protesters may use remote and non-motorable borders to enter the national capital. The police, having learned lessons from the previous protests, are taking all possible measures to contain the agitation.
The police at the Shambhu border in Haryana's Ambala fired tear gas shell to disperse protesting farmers. They later also dropped tear gas from drones
Taking note of the massive traffic jams across the national capital region on account of the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' march, Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud on Tuesday said he will accommodate lawyers if they are stuck in traffic.
If anyone has a problem due to the traffic situation, "we will adjust,” a bench comprising the CJI and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra told lawyers at the outset of the day’s proceedings.
In view of the farmers' march to the national capital, one or more gates at eight stations of the Delhi Metro were shut on Tuesday morning.
However, these stations are not closed and entry and exit of passengers is permitted through other gates.
Many gates have been shut at several stations -- Rajiv Chowk, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhawan, Janpath and Barakhamba Road, a senior official said.
In 2020, farmer unions started a massive protest against the 3 farm laws introduced by the Central govt. The agitation that lasted for over a year ended with PM Modi announcing the withdrawal of the contentious laws.
This time the farmers have a submitted a 12-point agenda that includes MSP guarantee, farmer debt waiver, pensions for farmers and farm labours and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations. A legal guarantee on MSP was also one of the demands made by the farmers in 2020.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha became the central farm union that others rallied around and its chief Rakrsh Tikait became the face of the agitation in 2020.
This time Tikait and SKM are not part of the protest. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have organised the protest this time. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) is a breakaway faction of the original SKM.
The SKM has announced its own protest and given a call for Grameen Bharat bandh on February 16.
Delhi Police on Monday imposed Section 144 in the national capital till March 12 in view of the farmers protest. There is a complete ban on gathering, processions or rallies and entry of tractor trolleys carrying people.
There is an imminent risk of widespread tension, public nuisance, public annoyance, social unrest and the potential for violence on account of the participants of the march entering into the territory of New Delhi," the Delhi Police said.
Supreme Court Bar Association president Adish Aggarwala writes to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to take suo motu action against the farmers for trying to enter Delhi alleging to create a nuisance and disturbing the daily life of citizens. He also requests CJI to issue directions to courts to not pass any adverse order due to the non-presence of lawyers before the courts. (ANI)
Farmers from Haryana and Punjab are marching towards Delhi to demand a law guaranteeing MSP for crops. demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, pensions for farmers and farm labourers, farm debt waiver, withdrawal of police cases and "justice" for victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, reinstatement of the Land Acquisition Act - 2013, withdrawal from the World Trade Organization, and compensation for families of farmers who died during the previous agitation, among others.
(with PTI inputs)
Farmers are set to begin their 'Delhi Chalo' march on February 13 after their five-hour-long meeting with two Union ministers over their demands remained inconclusive. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have announced that farmers will head to Delhi to press the Centre to accept their demands, including a law for MSP. Union Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda, who along with Piyush Goyal haled talks with farmer leaders, said a consensus was reached on most issues.
The Delhi police has fortified the citiy's border points and banned large gatherings to stop farmers from entering the national capital on February 13. Paramilitary personnel equipped with anti-riot gears, multiple layers of barricades, concrete blocks, iron nails and walls of containers have been put up at three border points - Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. According to officials makeshift jails have also been set up in view of the farmers' march to Delhi. More than 200 farmers are marching towards Delhi to demand a MSP law among other things.
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