Delhi Police Enforce Bans on Public Gatherings as Farmers Plan March on Capital Ahead of National Elections

Indian police have implemented a public gathering ban in Delhi in anticipation of a large farmers’ protest march set for February 13. The farmers, who are a significant voting bloc ahead of national elections, seek guaranteed minimum crop prices and other protections. Security measures include deploying forces and erecting concrete barricades to prevent protesters from entering the capital. The farmers’ demands also encompass pensions and better working conditions. This follows the government’s 2021 repeal of controversial farm laws after lengthy protests and Supreme Court intervention, though farmers contend that little has changed since.

  • Delhi police have banned all public gatherings ahead of a threatened farmers’ march.
  • The farmers demand guaranteed minimum crop prices and other protections.
  • More than 200 farming unions are involved in planning the protest.
  • Security has been heightened, with concrete barricades and force deployment.
  • The farmers’ protest is a continuation of previous demonstrations from 2020.
  • The government repealed controversial farm laws in 2021 after protests and Supreme Court involvement.
  • Farmers argue that the government’s actions since the repeal have been insufficient.
  • Special permission is required for weddings and funerals in Delhi for at least one month.
  • Traffic advisories have been issued, and the administration is trying to prevent farmers from reaching protest sites.
  • The BJP government is criticized by protesters for eroding democratic rights, including internet shutdowns and barrier constructions to limit protests.
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