UP Govt action
UP Govt orders clearance of site at Delhi border by midnight. The UP government has ordered the clearance of site at Ghazipur by midnight. The Ghaziabad district magistrate has reportedly asked the farmers to vacate the roads at the earliest. Electricity and power supply at the site of protest could be choked off by midnight.
On the other hand BKU leader Rakesh Tikait has announced hunger strike. He said he won't even consume water. He said he will take his village's water only.
Haryana govt extends suspension of internet services in three districts. Haryana govt extends suspension of mobile internet services in Sonipat, Jhajjar and Palwal districts till 5 pm on Friday, as per the official order. The net services were snapped on January 26, following the violence at the tractor rally led by farmers.
Ministry order probe
Ministry of Home Affairs has asked Delhi Police to issue lookout notices against over 20 farmer leaders over the Red Fort rampage. Delhi Metro authorities have shut the Jamia Masjid and Lal Quila stations. Entry and exit gates have been shut at the two Delhi Metro stations over Republic Day’s violence. Delhi Police has named actor Deep Sidhu and gangster-turned-social activist Lakha Sidhana in an FIR in connection with the Red Fort incident. Deep Sidhu has been blamed by farmer leaders of instigating the protesters to storm the Red Fort on Republic Day, which has marred the peaceful farmers’ protest. In a total of 22 FIRs, 37 farmer leaders have been named over the violence that unfolded in Delhi.
Delhi police special action
Encounter specialist Delhi Police Special ACP Lalit Mohan Negi has been made the new investigating officer of the UAPA which will probe the Red Fort flag incident and the alleged conspiracy hatched for the violence. Singhu, Auchandi, Mangesh, Saboli, Piau Maniyari borders are closed. Lampur, Safiabad, Singhu School and Palla toll tax borders have opened. Commuters have been advised to take alternate route. Traffic diverted from NH44 near DSIDC Narela. Traffic police has advised commuters to avoid Outer Ring Rd, GTK road and NH 44.
Delhi Police has deployed a JCB machine to dig a road at Singhu border that connects Delhi to Haryana. Notice has been served to the farmers at Ghazipur border under Section 133 of CrPC (conditional order for removal of nuisance), Ghaziabad ADM City Shailendra Kumar Singh said. A preliminary assessment suggests there was pre-conceived and well co-ordinated plan to break the agreement reached between Delhi Police and leaders of farmers organisations. Special Cell is investigating larger conspiracy and criminal designs behind the unfortunate events," said a statement issued by Delhi Police."A criminal case has been registered and is being investigated under provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and sections of IPC dealing with sedition. Role and conduct of organisations and individuals based in India as well as those out of country is being probed," it further added.
Some Farmer's union withdrawn
Meanwhile, two farmer unions have withdrawn from the protest after almost 2 months of camping at the Delhi borders demanding the repeal of the farm laws. BKU leader Naresh Tikait ends protest in Muzaffarnagar. Two more farmer unions -- Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) and Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lokshakti) -- have ended their agitation against farm laws after a meeting with Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Another farmer union - Bharatiya Kisan Union, Lok Shakti - withdrew from the agitation against the Centre's agriculture reform laws. The BKU (Bhanu) and Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan had announced their exit from the protest led by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha.