Law Student petitions SC for removal of protesting Farmers, says they pose COVID-19 risk

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A plea, filed by a law student before the Apex Court, on Friday sought directions for immediate removal of agitating farmers from border areas of Delhi-NCR as they may pose a risk for spread of COVID-19.

The plea filed by a law student, Rishabh Sharma, sought that the Supreme Court should immediately hear his plea and pronounce appropriate order directing respondents, including the Union of India (UOI) & the concerned authorities to open all the borders of Delhi.

Sharma had filed the plea before the Top Court through his Advocate on Record (AOR) & lawyer, Omprakash Parihar.

Sharma sought that the SC should direct the respondents & the concerned authorities to shift the protestors to the allotted place & provide guidelines related to social distancing & use of mask at the protest place.

Sharma in his plea alleged, “Due to the ongoing protest at the Delhi borders, the roads have been blocked & border points have been closed, which have affected vehicular traffic & people who are travelling to & from Delhi to get medical treatment in reputed government/private hospitals situated in Delhi are also affected”.

Further, considering the present situation in the national capital, the COVID-19 cases have been rising & this makes the transportation of essential medical equipment even more important, but because of these protests, the same is not possible, Sharma said in his plea.

Sharma had moved the Top Court, as there is a mass gatherings of protestors, the rate of transmission of COVID-19 is likely to get increased & since there is no vaccine available for the masses yet, the only way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to put immediate restrictions on mass gatherings & practise social distancing, the plea said.

The plea said that “Majority of protestors are elderly people who are more vulnerable to this deadly virus, & it is in their best interest to completely avoid such mass gatherings”.

Even though police have allotted a dedicated place for the protestors to protest peacefully, the protestors are not shifting/moving to the allotted place & in order to create trouble for the commuters they have blocked the borders. Furthermore, owing to the large number of protestors, the police is not able to control such a large gathering, Sharma said in his appeal.

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