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Farmers' Protest: Chandigarh Enforces Section 144 in Response to Demonstrations

The enforcement of Section 144 by the Chandigarh administration underscores the gravity of the situation amidst the anticipated farmers' agitation.

Saurabh Shukla
Farmers' Protest: Chandigarh Enforces Section 144 in Response to Demonstrations (Photo Source: @KisanEktaMarch/X)
Farmers' Protest: Chandigarh Enforces Section 144 in Response to Demonstrations (Photo Source: @KisanEktaMarch/X)

In anticipation of the looming farmers' agitation, the Chandigarh administration has taken preventive measures by enacting Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), effectively prohibiting gatherings of five or more individuals within the city limits. The decision, enforced under the orders of the District Magistrate, UT, Chandigarh, comes as a response to the expected farmers' march and agitation scheduled for February 13, spanning across Haryana, Punjab, and the Delhi border.

A statement released by the Chandigarh police underscored concerns regarding potential tension, agitation, and disturbance during the forthcoming protests. To maintain law and order, the administration has opted for stringent measures, emphasizing the need for adequate arrangements to ensure the safety and security of citizens within the city.

Punjab Farmer's Protest: List of Items Restricted 

According to an advisory issued by the Chandigarh Police, a ban has been imposed on various activities including gatherings, processions, demonstrations, and marchpasts, whether on foot or with tractor trolleys and other vehicles, along with the prohibition of carrying sticks, rods, or weapons. These measures are set to remain in place for the next 60 days, reflecting the seriousness with which the administration regards the situation.

Punjab Farmer's Protest: Traffic Restrictions and Advisories

In light of the enforcement of Section 144, vehicles, particularly tractor-trailers, will not be permitted to move within the territory of Chandigarh. Additionally, the public has been strongly advised to adhere to government directives, take necessary precautions, and cooperate with law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with the law. Violators will face strict penal action under relevant legal provisions, as emphasized by a police official.

Acknowledging the potential disruptions, a traffic police official has announced restrictions on the free movement of traffic on February 12 and 13, particularly at the borders of Chandigarh. Neighbouring states have also issued traffic advisories, indicating the widespread implications of the impending protests on regional transportation networks.

Chaudhary Yudhvir Singh Clarifies Stance on Farmer Agitation

On February 13, two major farmer organizations, the ‘Sanyukta Kisan Morcha’ and ‘Kisan Majdoor Morcha’ raised the slogan 'Dilli Chalo' to voice their demands. Meanwhile, the ‘Sanyukta Kisan Morcha’ called for a one-day nationwide rural India shutdown on February 16. In this context, Krishi Jagran attempted to speak with the senior national leader of the ‘Sanyukta Kisan Morcha’, Chaudhary Yudhvir Singh, to understand their stance on the farmer agitation scheduled for February 13. He stated, "We are all fighting against the government for the same demands. The only difference is that our ways of opposing are different, but the demand is the same." He further added, "If they seek support from us in the agitation, we will definitely help them. However, they haven't sought any support from us yet."

With tensions running high, authorities are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to maintain law and order while ensuring the safety and security of all residents. As the region braces for potential disruptions, cooperation between the public and law enforcement agencies remains paramount to navigate through this challenging period.

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