Farmers get the green signal to protest at Jantar Mantar

Farmers get the green signal to protest at Jantar Mantar

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The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has granted permission to farmers, who are protesting against the Centre’s farm laws at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders since last November, to carry staggering protests at Jantar Mantar starting Thursday.

Farmers decide to protest against the govt and hold ‘Kisan Sansads’ on each working day of the Parliament until the monsoon session ends.

In a letter to the extra Commissioner of Police (Headquarters), Delhi Police, Additional CEO of DDMA Rajesh Goyal said the elected official had given his approval for a “staggered protest at Jantar Mantar by maximum 200 protesting farmers/members of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) a day from July 22 to August 9, between 11 am and 5 pm”. The protests won’t be allowed on Saturdays and Sundays. Police sought a clarification from the L-G as restrictions on gatherings are still prohibited within the city as a part of Covid-appropriate behaviour. The letter states that protesting farmers will use “designated buses and 6 members of 1 separate group by a delegated SUV on a given route under a police escort, subject to strict observance of Covid-appropriate behaviour”.

The DCP (Security), meanwhile, has directed all police personnel to bring their khaki uniforms while on duty during the protests and also asked the equipment store in charge to be present for the distribution of anti-riot gear. In the order, the DCP asked off-duty personnel to get on “standby mode” for emergency services. “Mobile phones of all personnel posted within the security unit shall be operational and not be transitioned at any cost. The PSOs shall also ensure safe and straightforward access of all PPs at the Parliament… shall keep two companies with anti-riot gears in ready position,” states the order.

Farmers decide to protest against the govt and hold ‘Kisan Sansads’ on each working day of the Parliament until the monsoon session ends.

In a letter to the extra Commissioner of Police (Headquarters), Delhi Police, Additional CEO of DDMA Rajesh Goyal said the elected official had given his approval for a “staggered protest at Jantar Mantar by maximum 200 protesting farmers/members of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) a day from July 22 to August 9, between 11 am and 5 pm”. The protests won’t be allowed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Police sought a clarification from the L-G as restrictions on gatherings are still prohibited within the city as a part of Covid-appropriate behaviour.

The letter states that protesting farmers will use “designated buses and 6 members of 1 separate group by a delegated SUV on a given route under a police escort, subject to strict observance of Covid-appropriate behaviour”.

The DCP (Security), meanwhile, has directed all police personnel to bring their khaki uniforms while on duty during the protests and also asked the equipment store in charge to be present for the distribution of anti-riot gear.

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In the order, the DCP asked off-duty personnel to get on “standby mode” for emergency services. “Mobile phones of all personnel posted within the security unit shall be operational and not be transitioned at any cost. The PSOs shall also ensure safe and straightforward access of all PPs at the Parliament… shall keep two companies with anti-riot gears in ready position,” states the order.

Police have also secured an undertaking from farmers regarding the protests. “They have assured us they’re going to protest at Jantar Mantar from 10 am to five pm. They assured them they’re going to not cross the world of Jantar Mantar and their protests are going to be peaceful. they need been allowed to take a seat at Jantar Mantar till August 9,” a senior policeman said.

Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal said farmers are asked to not remove any marches insight of Covid restrictions and it’s put in situ “extensive arrangements to make sure the protest programme remains peaceful”.

Source:indianexpress.com

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