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Business News/ News / India/  ‘Chalo Delhi’: Farmers' protest on February 13. What we know so far| 10 points
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‘Chalo Delhi’: Farmers' protest on February 13. What we know so far| 10 points

Section 144 imposed in Haryana's Panchkula; ban on processions, demonstrations, and carrying weapons

Gurugram: A wholesale vegetable market during vegetable traders' statewide strike in protest against the Haryana government, in Gurugram, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_10_2024_000132B) (PTI)Premium
Gurugram: A wholesale vegetable market during vegetable traders' statewide strike in protest against the Haryana government, in Gurugram, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_10_2024_000132B) (PTI)

In response to the 'Dilli Chalo' call by Punjab farmers on February 13, Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana government has imposed Section 144 in Panchkula when farmers are scheduled to march to Delhi to press for a host of demands.

Here are the top ten updates:

1. As reported by ANI citing Panchkula DCP Sumer Singh Pratap, “Section 144 has been imposed in Haryana's Panchkula. A ban was imposed on taking out processions, demonstrations, march pasts on foot or with tractor trolleys and other vehicles, and carrying any sticks, rods or weapons."

Also Read: Farmers protest LIVE updates

2. Furthermore, Haryana has also suspended mobile internet, bulk SMS and all dongle services in several districts till February 13. According to a notification issued by the Haryana administration, bulk SMS and all dongle services provided on mobile networks, except voice calls, will remain suspended. Additionally, mobile internet services will remain suspended in seven districts—Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad, and Sirsa—from 6 am on February 11 until 11:59 pm on February 13.

Also Read: Farmers' ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest: Iron nails, cement barricades await demonstration in Haryana | Top 10 updates

3.  Haryana Police blocked one side of the Patiala-Delhi national highway at the Data Singhwala-Khanauri border and deployed heavy police forces, including women personnel. 

4. Senior officials, including Hisar Range Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Matta Ravi Kiran, visited the border and instructed local police officials to ensure that Punjab farmers were prevented from entering the national capital on February 13. 

5.Meanwhile, the leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Lakhowal in Ludhiana announced on Saturday that they will not join the 'Delhi Chalo' protest on February 13 but will oppose if the farmers face manhandling during the march.

6. As reported by PTI, farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said on Saturday that the Centre has invited them for a meeting to discuss their demands on February 12. Three Union ministers—Piyush Goyal, Arjun Munda, and Nityanand Rai—will arrive in Chandigarh on February 12 to hold talks with a deputation of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha.

7. As reported by NDTV, in Sonipat, Haryana, the district administration has issued directives to fuel pump proprietors, instructing them not to dispense fuel into bottles or other containers. Additionally, a restriction of 10 litres has been imposed specifically for tractors. The administration has cautioned that supplying fuel to individuals affiliated with the farmers' protest will result in punitive measures, the report noted.

8. Similarly, passengers travelling from Delhi to Chandigarh have been advised to use alternative routes via Karnal, Indri/Pipli, Yamunanagar, Panchkula, or Kurukshetra, Shahbad, Saha, Barwala, and Ramgarh, according to the police. At the Shambhu border, the road on the Ghaggar flyover has been closed to traffic, with police deploying cemented barricades to block the road.

9. Police have also stockpiled concrete blocks, barbed wire, sandbags, barricades, and other items at the Shambhu border in Ambala to prevent protesters from marching toward the national capital.

10. Furthermore, farmer unions have asserted that significant action will be taken in Haryana if the police resort to the use of force or any form of oppression against their counterparts. Farmers affiliated with various farmer unions in Haryana convened a clandestine meeting in Jind, during which they devised a strategy to support the protest. They formed a team comprising 10 members from the Jind and Kaithal districts, tasked with coordinating with all unions in case of an emergency.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 11 Feb 2024, 09:01 AM IST
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