L-G allows farmers to protest at Jantar Mantar till August 9

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L-G allows farmers to protest at Jantar Mantar till August 9

Thursday, 22 July 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Delhi Lieutenant Governor (L-G), Anil Baijal on Wednesday gave special permission to the farmers for demonstrations by a maximum of 200 peasants till August 9. The farmers protesting against the Centre's farms law will be holding a stir at Jantar Mantar from Thursday under heavy security.

Sources in Delhi Police said that a group of 200 farmers will travel to Jantar Mantar from the Singhu border in buses with a police escort and hold protests there from 11 am to 5 pm.

Sources said the Samkyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers' union, has been asked to give an undertaking that all Covid norms would be followed and the stir would be peaceful.

Although the SKM said that their protest at the Jantar Mantar will continue till the end if the Monsoon Session of Parliament on August 13, the L-G has given permission for protest till August 9.

This is the first time since the violence in the national capital during a tractor rally on January 26 that the authorities have granted permission to protesting farmer unions to hold a protest in the city.

According to an order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, Lt Governor Anil Baijal, who is also DDMA's chairperson, has given approval for a staggered protest at Jantar Mantar by a maximum of 200 farmers every day from Thursday to August 9 between 11 am to 5 pm.

"They would be conveyed by designated buses and six members of one separate group by a designated SUV on a given route under police escort subject to strict observance of Covid-appropriate behaviour (wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, regular hand washing and use of sanitiser etc.) and compliance of all other guidelines/ instructions/SOPs issued by Government of India and Government of NCT of Delhi from time to time in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic," the order said.

Adequate security arrangements will be made at the Jantar Mantar, sources said.

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