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 petition filed by advocate Om Prakash Parihar states that it is “necessary to remove the gathering” as the protest is making it difficult for accessing emergency medical services needed to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to attend to patients in need of medical attention.
The plea demands that protesters should be shifted to some other place and the Delhi borders, which have been blocked due to the protests should be reopened. It also states that the protest groups must follow all the measures to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 i.e. wearing masks and to maintain social distancing.
“It is most respectfully submitted that life of lakhs of people protesting at Delhi Borders is at immediate threat since the virus is very contagious and if by chance this coronavirus disease takes the shape of community spread, it will cause a havoc in the country. Therefore, the immediate intervention of this Hon’ble Court and passing of appropriate direction for restricting mass gathering of people at any place is necessary”, the plea states.