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Updated February 13th, 2024 at 13:06 IST

BREAKING: Tear Gas Fired at Protesting Farmers on Shambhu Border as Kisan Andolan Intensifies

Kisan Andolan Delhi Chalo Protest: Police on Tuesday fired tear gas to disperse protesting farmers at Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border.

Tear gas fired on protesting farmers
Tear gas fired on protesting farmers | Image:ANI
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Kisan Andolan BREAKING: The Haryana Police on Tuesday fired tear gas to disperse protesting farmers at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border as massive chaos erupted after protesters began to remove the barricades. Dramatic visuals from the Shambhu border showed farmers running in large numbers. Later, police used a drone to drop tear gas shells on the agitators. However, no casualties or injuries have been reported so far. 

Farmers from Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab, rallying with their tractors, have made their way to the Shambhu border near Ambala as farmer unions, have issued a 'Chalo Delhi' call to amplify their various demands, including a law guaranteeing MSP for crops. Earlier in the day, several farmers were detained and their vehicles were seized at the border as soon they began their ‘Dilli Chalo’ march amid heavy security. 

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Following a second round of crucial meetings between farmer union leaders and Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Arjun Munda, held last evening, no common ground was reached, leading to a stalemate. In response, farmer leaders have decided to press forward with their march towards Delhi. Despite efforts to find consensus and resolve the ongoing issues, the discussions ended without a resolution, highlighting the deep divide between the two sides. 

Speaking to Republic, DSP Jhajjar Shamsher Singh said, "Police have made preparations at the Tikri border. CCTV cameras and mics have been put...Sufficient security is there...Action will be decided according to the situation..." 
 

Meanwhile, traffic crawled at a snail's pace in Delhi-NCR on Tuesday morning as police placed multiple layers of barricades on Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders given the farmers' march to the national capital.   Commuters had a harrowing time as they battled traffic jams, with Delhi being turned into a fortress to thwart the entry of farmers.  In view of the 'Delhi Chalo' march, the police have intensified security at the city's border points with multi-layer barricades, concrete blocks, iron nails and walls of containers.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have announced that more than 200 farmer unions would head to Delhi to press the Centre to accept their demands, including the enactment of a law to guarantee a minimum support price (MSP) for crops.

Bumper to bumper traffic was seen on Ghazipur, Singhu and Tikri borders since 7 am.  "I knew about the farmers' march scheduled today and left for office an hour early from my house in Gurugram's Sector 29. Seeing the traffic situation, it seems I will reach my office in central Delhi a couple of hours late, despite starting early," said Julie Lawrance, who was stuck in the jam for at least an hour.

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A traffic police officer, while noting that over two lakh people travel between Delhi and Gurgaon each day during working hours, advised people to use the Metro services.  At the Ghazipur border, only two vehicles were able to pass at a time with barricades lined up on half of the key stretch connecting Noida and Delhi.  

Near the Ghazipur border, the police had blocked the link roads and vehicles moved in a single queue.  Another commuter, Kritika Sharma, said she had started for office at 6 am but even by 9 am, was still stuck in a jam.  Both at Singhu and Tikri borders, there were long queues of vehicles due to heavy barricading and police checking. 

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Published February 13th, 2024 at 12:13 IST

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