Farmers Protest Increasing COVID 19 risk: Plea in Supreme Court Seeks immediate removal of Protestors

A writ petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking immediate removal of protesting farmers from border areas of Delhi-NCR on the ground that they increase the risk of COVID-19 spread in Delhi.

The writ petition filed by one Rishabh Sharma, a law student, through Advocate Om Prakash Parihar, states that the protesters are “posing a hurdle for accessing emergency medical services”.

“It is submitted that since the virus is spreading rapidly and the cases of COVID-19 are increasing day by day in Delhi, it is paramount that this protest be stopped on immediate basis”, the plea states.

The petition seeks a direction that the protesters be asked to shift to the places designated for protest and that they be directed to follow the COVID-19 norms related to social distancing and face-mask wearing.

The Petitioner seeks an “urgent direction for immediate removal/ dispersal of such mass gathering of protestors from at Delhi borders and shift them to the place already allotted by the Delhi police in view of immediate threat of coronavirus infection and spread”.

Thousands of protesters, mostly from Punjab, have been camping in the border areas of Delhi-NCR since November 26 raising a demand that the Central Government repeal the recently passed farmers laws.

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