New Delhi: As the rally of thousands of farmers, under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union to demand a complete loan waiver, were stopped at the border of Delhi-Uttar Pradesh, the Delhi Police imposed section 144 in the east and northeast Delhi. Police have reportedly also sealed the Ghaziabad border. Miffed by the imposition of Section 144, the angry farmers asked why they were stopped when they were “proceeding in a disciplined manner”. Also Read - Kerala Lockdown News: As COVID Cases Rise, Big Gatherings Banned in Ernakulam, Kottayam
“Why have we been stopped here (at UP-Delhi border)? The rally was proceeding in a disciplined manner. If we don’t tell our government about our problems then whom do we tell? Do we go to Pakistan or Bangladesh?” Naresh Tikait, President of Bharatiya Kisan Union asked. Also Read - 'Are We in China?' Ask Angry Netizens As Gatherings Banned at India Gate Ahead of Planned Hathras Protests
So far, Section 144 has only been imposed in the east and northeast Delhi. In east Delhi, the Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code will be in force till October 8 while in the northeast, it will be in force till October 4. Also Read - Section 144 Imposed Around India Gate, No Gathering Permissible: Delhi Police
In east Delhi, the section covers Preet Vihar, Jagatpuri, Shakarpur, Madhu Vihar, Ghazipur, Mayur Vihar, Mandawli, Pandav Nagar, Kalyanpuri and New Ashok Nagar police station limits. “As it has been experienced in the past, during the Kisan Kranti Yatra, a large number of protestors/participants plans to enter in the area of the northeast district from the borders of Delhi-Uttar Pradesh,” Northeast Delhi DCP Thakur, India Today reported.
The Delhi Police alleged that the protesters had not sought any permission from the police to carry out the protests. In view of the protests, the motorists, planning or travelling to Ghaziabad, Hapur, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkee, Haridwar, have been advised to avoid Meerut Expressway and take alternative routes.
Earlier on September 30, the Union had announced that their ‘Padyatra’ that has begun from Haridwar will reach the national capital on the occasion of the 149th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2. The march has been organised from Patanjali (Uttarakhand) to Kisan Ghat (Delhi) via Muzaffarnagar, Daurala, Partapur, Modi Nagar/Muradnagar, Hindon Ghat. The march will pass through Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, Preet Vihar and Geeta Colony flyover.
Farmers participating in the movement are demanding for complete loan waiver and reduction in electricity tariff, among other requirements. They are also seeking a provision of a pension to every farmer aged above 60.