Ambala: The police have made elaborate arrangements near Shambhu Toll Plaza to stop the farmers’ organizations from marching to Delhi on February 13. The farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws passed by the central government and have demanded their repeal. The farmers have also invited the general public to join their movement. However, the farmers have not obtained any permission from the authorities to hold the march.
The announcement of the march has created a stir among the security agencies in Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi. The police have deployed personnel and barricades at the toll plaza to prevent the farmers from crossing the border without permission. The police have also brought pointed stars, big stones, sandbags, and other items to block the road. The Haryana government has imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which prohibits the assembly of more than four people, to stop the protest rally and other activities on February 13.
The police officer in charge of the arrangements said that many farmer organizations from Punjab would participate in the march and that the Ambala Police had made concrete arrangements to stop them at Shambhu Toll Plaza. He said that sharp wires, big stones, sandbags, and other items had been kept at the toll plaza to create a barrier. He also said that Ambala SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa had confirmed that many farmer organizations had announced to go to Delhi on February 13.
The police officer said that the police were on high alert based on the experience of the farmers’ movement in 2020. He said that last year when the farmers had marched to Delhi, there was a lot of violence and damage. He said that the general public had also faced a lot of inconvenience due to the traffic disruption and road blockage. He said that this time, the police had made all arrangements as per the law and that the farmers had to get permission from the police for any kind of demonstration. He said that so far, the farmers had not sought any permission nor had the police given any permission.