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Farmers’ protest: Section 144 imposed in Lucknow amid fear of violence

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in Lucknow “with immediate effect” till April 5 in order to maintain the law and order situation in the state capital.

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In a statement issued on Monday evening, Lucknow Joint Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) Naveen Arora warned of a strong possibility of the farmers’ agitation turning violent which can disturb the law and order situation in the city.

The press release further read that political parties, student organisations, or farmer unions could also hold protests in the region, hence disrupting the prevailing peaceful situation.

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“In view of the above, Section 144 has been imposed in Lucknow with immediate effect till 5th April to maintain law and order situation in the Commissionerate,’’ the order read.

The press note further stated that as festivals including – Maha Shivratri, Holika Dahan, Shab-e-Barat, Good Friday, and Easter – were round the corner, anti-social elements may try to create ruckus on the peaceful occasion. It also cited concerns over rising COVID-19 cases in the region.

To note, tens of thousands farmers are camping at Delhi’s border points at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur since November with a demand that the Centre should repeal the contentious farm laws enacted by BJP in September last year.

The central government has held 11 rounds of formal talks with the protesting farm unions, which have been remained inconclusive so far. The ruling BJP maintains that the new farm laws are pro-farmer and that they won’t be replead. The farmers, however, are demanding a complete scrapping of the contentious laws.

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