Section 144 Imposed in Delhi Ahead of Farmers’ March, Security Beefed Up at Borders

New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) across the city, effective immediately. This decision precedes a planned protest march by farmer associations, slated for February 13, 2024, aimed at demonstrating outside the Parliament House to push their demands.

The order, in effect for 30 days unless withdrawn earlier, comes amid concerns that participants may attempt to enter Delhi from various entry points, posing risks of tension, public nuisance, and potential violence. The police express apprehension about anti-social elements exploiting the situation.

No permission has been granted for the march due to past agitation experiences in 2020 and intelligence agency warnings of potential law and order issues. The order prohibits assemblies, processions, rallies and carrying of weapons or hazardous materials into Delhi.

Security measures are enforced at city border points with vehicle inspections and strict adherence to the order’s directives. Offenders may face legal consequences under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

Exemptions include government-organized events, religious functions, and gatherings related to weddings or funerals. Additionally, diversion advisories have been issued in Haryana’s Karnal and Kurukshetra areas, with heightened security at the Punjab-Haryana border.

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