The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Wednesday issued a notice saying that metro services will be regulated on Thursday (November 25) in view of the kisan rally (farmers protest). In its notice, the DMRC said, ""Due to farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' march protest, on request of Police and to avoid overcrowding in view COVID, services will be regulated tomorrow from resumption early in the morning till 2 PM through loops. After 2 PM, services will run on all lines from end to end." More to follow.
Due to Kisan Rally call for Delhi, on the request of Delhi Police & to avoid overcrowding in view of ongoing COVID pandemic, services will be regulated tomorrow from resumption early in the morning till 2PM through loops. After 2PM, services will run on all lines from end to end. pic.twitter.com/XNrsAVpTEq— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation I कृपया मास्क पहनें😷 (@OfficialDMRC) November 25, 2020
Meanwhile, Delhi Police asserted it has rejected requests received from various farmer organisations to protest in the national capital against the Centre's new farm laws on November 26 and 27. The police had on Tuesday said that legal action would be taken against the protesting farmers if they come to the city for any gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The farmers will reach Delhi on November 26 through five highways connecting the city as part of their 'Delhi Chalo’ march call. Taking to Twitter, the city police said requests have been rejected for any such gathering in the city.
"REGARDING FARMER ORGANIZATIONS MARCH TO DELHI ON NOVEMBER 26 and 27. All the requests received from various Farmer Organisations regarding protest in Delhi on 26 and 27 November have been rejected and this has already been communicated to the organisers," the Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) tweeted.
"Please co-operate with Delhi Police in ensuring no gathering in Delhi amid coronavirus, failing which legal action will be initiated as per law," it said.
Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal said, "Various farmer organisations have requested for permission for protest in Delhi on November 26 and 27.
We have conveyed to them in writing and through various media also that the protest is not permitted in view of the latest DDMA guidelines."
"When the condition is good, they can seek due permission and exercise their right to protest in Delhi. For now, they are requested to cooperate with Delhi Police and not indulge in any kind of protest. If despite our appeal they turn up to Delhi, the required legal action will be taken against them,” Singhal said.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh and various factions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union have joined hands and formed a 'Samyukta Kisan Morcha' to press the central government to scrap the three farm laws.