Tear Gas Used at Punjab-Haryana Border, Centre Calls Protesting Farmers for Talks

Security forces stationed at the Punjab-Haryana border resorted to sporadic firing of tear gas shells on Wednesday morning as farmers prepared to recommence their ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest march. This decision followed the breakdown of discussions between the farmers and the Central government concerning assurances on minimum support price (MSP) guarantees.

Union Minister Arjun Munda, who had participated in earlier rounds of dialogue with the farmers, reiterated his willingness to engage in further negotiations with them.

“After the fourth round, the government is ready to discuss all the issues like MSP demand, crop diversification, stubble (burning) issue, and (registration of) FIR (during 2020-21 protest) in the fifth round. I again invite the farmer leaders for discussion. We must maintain peace,” Munda wrote on X in Hindi.

According to sources, farmer leaders have put forth demands for the Centre to formally communicate its readiness to discuss the implementation of a legal guarantee for minimum support price (MSP) on crops.

Additionally, the farmers are seeking clarity on the timing and scheduling of the talks. They intend to make a decision based on the Centre’s response.

The farmer leaders are currently discussing the timeframe within which they will provide their clarifications to the Centre before addressing the media.

In response to the situation, Haryana Police have requested their counterparts in Punjab to confiscate equipment brought by protesters to dismantle police barricades. It’s reported that around 14,000 farmers have congregated along the border, accompanied by 1,200 tractor trolleys, 300 cars, and 10 mini-buses.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police are on high alert and conducting drills to secure entry points. This comes as farmers, who have been halted at the interstate border since February 13, prepare to advance towards the national capital.

Both the Centre and the Haryana government sought an urgent hearing from the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the farmers’ protest. However, their request was denied.

In anticipation of restarting their protest, Sarwan Singh Pandher, a leader of the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha, reaffirmed that the farmers would conduct their demonstration peacefully. He appealed to the government to remove barricades and permit them to proceed to Delhi without obstruction.

Read More About Farmer’s Protest: https://khabarelahar.com/farmers-chalo-delhi-protest-intensifies-what-are-the-demands/

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