Over 200 farmers' unions, including the Samyukta Kisan Morcha and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha, have coordinated a 'Delhi Chalo' march to urge the Centre to accede to various demands. En route to Delhi from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab, these farmers plan to stage a significant protest in the national capital on February 13.
The farmers are insisting on the enactment of a law ensuring a minimum support price (MSP), a requirement they had outlined in 2021 as a condition for ending their protest against the farm laws that have since been repealed. Additionally, they are advocating for the adoption of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, the provision of pensions for farmers and farm laborers, and the forgiveness of agricultural debts.
On Monday, the Delhi Police enforced a prohibition on sizable assemblies throughout the national capital until March 12, citing apprehensions about potential unrest and security challenges associated with the upcoming farmers' march.
Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora has issued an order prohibiting rallies, the entry of tractors into the national capital, and carrying firearms, inflammable substances, makeshift weapons such as bricks and stones, as well as the possession of petrol cans or soda bottles.
In anticipation of the 'Delhi Chalo' march led by farmer unions, authorities in Haryana and Delhi have strengthened their borders with neighboring states. This involves the installation of concrete blocks, road spike barriers, and barbed wires to restrict vehicle entry. Additionally, they have deployed thousands of police personnel and implemented prohibitory orders as precautionary measures.
The police have deployed over 5,000 security personnel, along with the utilization of cranes and earth movers equipped with large containers, to block roads.