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Thursday, 18 April 2024 7.51 PM IST

Dilli Chalo march: Protestors with armour and other arrangments to break barricades


NEW DELHI: State-of-the-art tear gas-proof goggles, gas masks and armour that can withstand rubber bullets. These are the sights of the Shambhu border that divides Haryana and Punjab. Many wore the type of goggles used by trekkers in the mountains. It is reported that the protesters also have bulletproof armour. The other farmers are watching them with curiosity. There are many people like this participating in the struggle. The protesters made such preparations to break through the tear gas and rubber bullets and break the police barricades soon after they get the message from the farmers' leaders. Meanwhile, Punjab has objected to the Haryana Police using drones to cross its border.

Leaders in Haryana will meet today
The farmers are staging the protest raising demands such as legislation to ensure minimum support price, implementation of MS Swaminathan Commission report, pension for farmers and agricultural workers, and waiver of agricultural debt. Farmer leaders in Haryana will meet today to formulate future programmes. The talks will be chaired by Gurnam Singh Charuni.

Meanwhile, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij asked why the Congress did nothing during its tenure on the issue of Minimum Support Price. Congress did not take action in the 2004 report until 2014. Internet ban in seven districts of Haryana, including Ambala and Kurukshetra, has been extended till midnight today. The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi rejected the Centre's demand to make Bawana Stadium a temporary jail.

Position of the Haryana-Punjab High Court is crucial
Haryana-Punjab High Court's stand today while considering the petition filed by Chandigarh lawyer Uday Pratap Singh against the police's arrangements is crucial. Notices were sent to the Central Government, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi states. At the same time, the All India Lawyers' Union has come forward condemning the Supreme Court Bar Association's stance that action should be taken against the farmers who cause problems.

Punjab will bear the medical expenses
The Punjab government will bear the medical expenses of the farmers injured during the police action on the Punjab-Haryana border. Yesterday, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh visited the injured protesters at a hospital in Patiala.

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