In the Punjab and a petition has been filed seeking directions to stay all actions by the governments of Haryana, Punjab and the Union government against the farmers’ ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest.
The issue will come up for a hearing on Tuesday. Uday Pratap Singh, the Petitioner, a resident of Panchkula, Haryana and an advocate at the high court, submitted in his plea that the issue is related to the unlawful sealing of the border between Haryana and Punjab, particularly at Shambhu near Ambala, by the Haryana authorities to prevent the farmers from practising their constitutional right to assemble and protest peacefully.
“The actions of the Haryana authorities, including the suspension of mobile internet services and bulk SMS in several districts such as Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad, and Sirsa further worsens the situation, depriving the citizens of their right to information and communication”, the petitioner said.
“The road blockade not only inconveniences residents but also hampers the movement of ambulances, school buses, pedestrians, and other vehicles. This obstruction has resulted in increased traffic on alternative routes, causing delays and difficulties for commuters, including professionals like advocates, doctors and emergency services who are unable to reach their workplaces and attend to patients promptly,” read the petition.
Singh further submitted that “the imposition of Section 144 of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in Ambala and Kaithal districts, along with the placement of barricades, spike strips, and other obstacles on various roads, demonstrates the effort by the state authorities to suppress democratic expression. The actions, coupled with the unwarranted use of force and tactics by the police, not only violate the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 19(1) (a) and 21 of the Constitution of India but also undermine the principles of democracy and rule of law.