In response to the upcoming farmers’ march to Delhi on February 13, the Haryana Police has put in place comprehensive security arrangements in the border and other sensitive districts to ensure the maintenance of law and order, said the police official spokesperson.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha had announced the 'Delhi Chalo' march by more than 200 farmers' unions on February 13 to press the Centre into accepting several demands, including the enactment of a law to guarantee a minimum support price (MSP) for crops.
Moreover, apprehending the disturbance of peace, the Haryana Government has suspended mobile internet services and bulk SMS in seven districts — Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa — from February 11 to 13.
Spokesperson said that to safeguard public safety, section 144 has been enforced in 15 districts, prohibiting any form of demonstrations or marches involving tractor-trolleys. The Social Media Monitoring Cell is actively monitoring potential misinformation on social media platforms, and the general public is urged not to share content or videos without proper verification.
Stricter actions will be taken against those disrupting law and order, emphasizing the Haryana Government's commitment to maintaining peace in the state, he added.
According to the spokesperson, industrial organizations in Kundli, Badhi, Bahadurgarh, and surrounding areas have appealed to the administration to take necessary steps to prevent protests, citing significant financial losses and job disruptions during previous incidents.
Assurances from various farmer organizations in the State have been received, pledging non-participation in the upcoming demonstration. The organizations have emphasized that tractor-trolleys are intended for agricultural use, not for protests.
Haryana Police appealed to the state's residents to stay informed through their official social media accounts — @Haryana_Police and @DGPHaryana on Twitter, and Haryana Police on Facebook. Important updates, particularly related to traffic and other crucial information, will be provided regularly.
Passengers traveling to Punjab are advised to follow traffic advisories issued by Haryana Police and minimize unnecessary travel. In case of emergencies, the public is encouraged to contact 112 for prompt assistance, the spokesperson added.
Additionally, in Jind, two roads near the Haryana-Punjab border have been shut for vehicular movement and restrictions imposed on two more roads, a police official. In Fatehabad district, police have also put up cemented barricades and spike strips on a Jakhal road to stop protesters from Punjab from moving towards Delhi.
The Haryana Police issued a traffic advisory asking commuters to take alternative routes. In the traffic advisory, police asked commuters going from Chandigarh to Delhi to take alternative routes via Dera Bassi, Barwala-Ramgarh, Saha, Shahbad, Kurukshetra, or through Panchkula, NH-344 Yamunanagar Indri-Pipli, Karnal. Similarly, passengers travelling from Delhi to Chandigarh have been asked to reach their destination via Karnal, Indri-Pipli, Yamunanagar, Panchkula, or Kurukshetra, Shahbad, Saha, Barwala, Ramgarh, according to the police.
The farmers have planned to head to Delhi from the Ambala-Shambhu border, Khanauri-Jind and the Dabwali border. Ambala and Kaithal districts have imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, prohibiting the assembly of five or more people.
Police have also been holding meetings with sarpanches of villages and khap panchayats, asking them not to participate in the march.
SKM (Non-Political) leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal slammed the Haryana government for making arrangements to stop farmers from going towards Delhi. "We are ready for talks and will never run away from dialogue," he said.
Importantly, amid measures by the Haryana authorities to prevent the farmers from heading towards the national capital, the Centre has invited them to hold another meeting to discuss their demands on February 12.
Don’t Build Borders…Hold Talks With Farmers: Mann
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has vehemently opposed the Haryana government's move to erect heavy fencing along national highways and other roads at the Punjab border, urging the Central Government to refrain from creating a border between Punjab and India and instead engage in dialogue with the farmers.
Mann, speaking at a rally after inaugurating the Guru Amar Das Ji power plant at Goindwal Sahib on Sunday, expressed his concerns over the fencing being installed by the Haryana government. “What is happening in Haryana? They are installing fencing on the Punjab border. I request the Central Government to engage in talks with farmers. Please avoid creating the India-Punjab border. Are you establishing a border? Similar fencing exists with Pakistan,” he said.
Mann’s remarks come in response to reports indicating that the Haryana Government's initiative aims to prevent Punjab farmers from entering Haryana en route to Delhi for a protest scheduled on February 13. Mann emphasized the historical and cultural ties between Punjab and the rest of India, highlighting Punjab's significant contributions to the nation, particularly in agriculture.
Asserting the sacrifices made by Punjabis, both on the battlefield and in the agricultural fields, Mann emphasized the need for mutual respect and understanding between the central government and Punjab. He criticized the divisive tactics employed by certain political entities, including the use of religion against him, referring to recent controversies surrounding his alleged involvement in religious matters.