Tear gas shells fired at protesters
A hearing was held in the Punjab Haryana High Court on Tuesday regarding the farmers' movement. After hearing the arguments of both the parties, the High Court has ordered that there should be a balance between the fundamental rights. Both the protesting farmers and the common people have their own rights. The government should settle this dispute amicably. Use of force should be the last option.
During the hearing, the lawyer appearing for the Central Government told the High Court that the farmers have modified the tractors. As far as the issue of talks is concerned, the government had formed a committee in 2022 also, but the farmers had boycotted it. As far as MSP is concerned, the Center is ready for talks. We can also hold a meeting in Chandigarh.
The court said that space for the demonstration should be ensured. All parties should come together and talk to each other. The High Court has issued notice to all the parties and fixed the next hearing of the case on February 15. During the hearing, the Center said that law and order is the responsibility of the state government. After which the Punjab government has sought time to file the status report.
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'The state will also have to take steps for the safety of people on the road'
The High Court said, it is very easy to say that they have rights, but the state will also have to take steps for the safety of people on the roads. They also have rights. At the same time, the Haryana government said that there is a call for farmers to gather 5 kilometers before Delhi. They have made technical changes in tractors with weapons there, so we want to maintain law and order.
The Haryana government further said that peaceful protests can be supported, but here they are causing inconvenience to the public. If you look at the previous report, you will understand. Farmers could take permission from the Delhi government to protest at a designated place.
Mann government's argument – no ceiling in Punjab
The counsel for the Punjab government said that the issue is that they are moving forward to protest, not to assemble in Punjab. There is no ceiling in Punjab. If they want to proceed with a peaceful protest. We are allowing this and proper arrangements have been made for crowd control etc. Mann government said that the demands of the farmers are genuine. There is no need to see them, but Punjab is not worried because they are not holding any protests in Punjab.
Actually, the petitioner applied to stop the obstruction on the road in view of Articles 21 and 19. In the second PIL, the petitioners claim that the protesters have blocked the national highway. The High Court should also make Delhi Government a party in the petition, they should also present their side.