Public interest litigation has been filed in the Supreme Court against the farmers protest outside Delhi. The PIL is seeking the removal of farmers from the border areas of Delhi-NCR.
The PIL, filed by one Rishabh Sharma, a law student, through Advocate Om Prakash Parihar said the protesters should be shifted to some other place and they should be made to abide by Covid-19 appropriate behaviour.
The petition states that this demonstration poses a threat to the spread of Covid-19. At the same time, people are also having trouble in travelling. It has been also alleged in the petition that the authorities should be ordered to open the border immediately. Also, the protest should be shifted to a certain place with social distancing and masks etc.
The petitioner further said the protesters have stopped necessary emergency medical services in Delhi to stop Covid-19. Giving the example of the apex court verdict on the CAA protest in a petition filed by Delhi resident Rishabh Sharma, it said that public places cannot be occupied by protesters and there should be a specific place to sit.
The petition further claimed that though the police offered separate place to protest, the farmers are still protesting at the boundaries of Delhi. The lives of millions of people are at risk because of the farmers who are protesting on the Delhi border, as the virus is very contagious and, if it incidentally takes the form of community spread, it will wreak havoc in the country.
For the last nine days, farmers of many states including Punjab, Haryana have been stuck on the borders of Delhi. The movement started under the name of “Delhi Chalo” against the agricultural laws of the Centre has now become a nationwide movement. The number of farmers and protesters gathered outside the Delhi borders are increasing with the passing of the time.