In anticipation of the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march organized by farmers on February 13, the Haryana government has taken significant steps to maintain peace and order.


These measures include the suspension of mobile internet services and bulk SMS in seven districts, alongside bolstering police presence and fortifying barricades to manage the protest aimed at pressing the Central government for various demands, notably the enactment of a law to ensure a minimum support price (MSP) for crops.


Key Measures Implemented:

  • Internet Suspension: Mobile internet services will be suspended in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad, and Sirsa districts from February 11 to February 13 to prevent the spread of inflammatory material and false rumors that could disturb public peace.


  • Security Enhancements: The deployment of additional police forces, installation of cement barricades, and iron nails at strategic locations are among the preventive steps taken to control the movement towards Delhi and safeguard public and private properties.


  • Legal Orders: Section 144 has been imposed in Panchkula, restricting processions, demonstrations, and carrying of any potential weapons. The aim is to prevent any form of unrest or damage during the farmers’ march.


Government’s Justification:

The decision for these measures comes in the wake of potential disturbances identified by the Haryana CID, citing concerns over public tranquility and the possibility of damage to assets.


The order, issued by Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home Department) TVSN Prasad, is framed to minimize inconvenience by exempting essential services such as voice calls, individual SMS, and internet services via broadband, thus not impeding the state’s commercial activities or residents’ basic needs.

Farmer Unions’ Stance:

At least 200 farmers’ unions have voiced their support for the February 13 march, marking a significant mobilization similar to the 2020 protest against the now-repealed farm laws.


The collective action underscores the agricultural community’s persistent demands for rights and policy reforms, including MSP guarantees and the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations.

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