New Delhi: A petition filed in the Supreme Court has claimed that farmers protesting on the outskirts of Delhi against the new agricultural laws of the Center should be removed, as they are stopping the emergency medical services needed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
The petition filed by Delhi resident Rishabh Sharma calls for immediate removal or transfer of the protesting farmers. Even though the Delhi Police has offered the farmers a ground in Burari on the northern side of the city to stage their protests, demonstrations are still taking place at the borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
The petition cites a Supreme Court ruling opposing the Centre's controversial citizenship law, which stated in October that public places could not be occupied by protesters and should be a specific venue for demonstrations.
Farmers in Haryana faced police action last week before being allowed to stage peaceful protests in Delhi against the new laws, which they say will leave them at the mercy of big corporations.
Union ministers held talks with farmers' leaders to protest against the agricultural laws passed earlier this year. Thousands of farmers have camped at the gateways of Delhi.
Farmer groups say the government is trying to end the decades-old policy of providing them Minimum Support Price (MSP) for agricultural produce such as wheat and rice.