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NHRC Notice to Delhi, UP, Haryana on Alleged Violation of COVID Rules by Protesting Farmers | India News


NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the governments of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh about allegations of non-compliance with Covid safety regulations by farmers protesting at the borders against farm laws.
Then, it requested to submit within four weeks reports on the measures taken to control the spread of the Covid-19 infection at the protest sites.
In a statement released Tuesday, the NHRC said India is reeling under a second “terrifying” wave of the pandemic and that these protesters are not only putting their lives in danger, but also posing a risk to others in rural areas. as “potential carriers”. “of the virus.
“The NHRC has become aware of a complaint that the mass gatherings of protesting farmers, flouting the appropriate behavior of Covid, go against the same rules / norms established by the central government and the advice of the Commission itself as safeguards against the pandemic. ” the statement said.
Accordingly, the commission has sent notices to the chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to report on measures taken to control the spread of the virus at farmers’ protest sites. The report will be presented in four weeks, he said.
The whistleblower has also stated that more than 300 farmers have died during these ongoing protests due to various reasons, including Covid infection, adding that black fungus cases, etc. are also increasing.
“He has sought the commission’s intervention, suspecting that the situation may become more worrying as farmers, in large numbers, plan to observe May 26 as ‘Black Day,'” the rights panel said.
The protesting farmers have been camping along Delhi’s borders in Tikri and Singhu (Haryana) and Ghazipur (Uttar Pradesh) since November, demanding the removal of the three central agricultural laws.
In issuing the notices, the commission has observed that the country is going through an “unprecedented and terrifying second wave of Covid-19, which has already claimed more than three lakhs of human lives and continues to ravage different parts of the country virulently.”
“Apparently, the situation is likely to get worse, day by day due to the increase in the influx of farmers at the sites of the protests: they are not only putting their lives at risk, but also posing a risk, such as possible carriers of the virus, to others in rural areas, “the statement said.
In addition, he noted that the central and state governments are “fighting through thick and thin” to save lives in the face of inadequate health facilities.
“Measures such as closures, containment zones and Covid protocols are used to somehow dominate the deadly Covid, which is now causing other serious diseases such as black fungi, white fungi, etc. In these extraordinary circumstances, our only objective has to be to save human lives, ”the statement said.
The total count of Covid-19 cases in India has risen to 2,69,48,874, while the death toll stands at 3.07,231, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health updated on Tuesday. There are 25,86,782 active cases that represent 9.60% of all infections.

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