PTC News Desk: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of various farmer unions, alongside the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha, has recently unveiled plans for a substantial 'Delhi Chalo' march, slated for February 13. This expansive mobilisation, which encompasses more than 200 farmer unions, aims to exert immense pressure on the central government to address a multitude of grievances, chief among them being the implementation of a legislation guaranteeing a minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural produce.
In anticipation of this mass movement, both administrative and security measures have been escalated significantly. One notable measure is the imposition of Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code in Panchkula, a strategic move aimed at maintaining law and order in the region. Additionally, to preempt any potential unrest or misinformation spreading, mobile internet services and bulk SMS facilities have been suspended in several districts across Haryana.
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This preemptive action underscores the apprehension surrounding the upcoming march and highlights the authorities' efforts to ensure the smooth functioning of law enforcement and public safety. It also reflects the gravity with which both the government and the protesters view the impending demonstration, emphasizing the deep-seated tensions and the urgent need for resolution in the ongoing farmer-government standoff.
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Here are the latest updates from the upcoming farmers' protest:
1. Section 144 invoked in Panchkula: Panchkula DCP Sumer Singh Pratap announces the prohibition of processions, demonstrations, and carrying of weapons.
2. Border sealing arrangements: Elaborate measures initiated to seal Punjab-Haryana borders in Ambala, Jind, and Fatehabad districts ahead of the 'Delhi Chalo' march.
3. Traffic advisory issued: Haryana Police releases traffic advisory urging commuters to limit travel on main roads on February 13, suggesting alternative routes between Chandigarh and Delhi to mitigate anticipated disruptions.
4. Suspension of mobile internet and bulk SMS: Services suspended in seven Haryana districts to curb misinformation and maintain public order.
5. Security inspections: Senior police officials, including Haryana's DGP and Ambala's SP, conduct inspections at border points to evaluate security arrangements.
6. Barricades and road closures: Concrete barricades erected, and road closures implemented at Shambhu border, with the Ghaggar river bed dug up to impede movement.
7. Anticipated traffic snarls: Massive traffic disruptions expected, particularly for travelers heading towards Ambala via the Shambhu border.
8. Farmers' preparations: Despite government efforts to dissuade them, farmers gear up for the march, stocking essential supplies and preparing tractor trolleys.
9. Persistence of demands: Scheduled 'Delhi Chalo' march underscores farmers' persistent demands for MSP guarantee and other concessions despite recent meetings between Union ministers and farmer leaders.
10. Ministerial talks scheduled: Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher announces Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Arjun Munda, and Nityanand Rai's arrival in Chandigarh on February 12 for talks.
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(Inputs from agencies)