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Business News/ News / India/  Farmers' protest: Haryana Police lob tear gas to stop protesters from reaching Khanauri border, cop injured in clash
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Farmers' protest: Haryana Police lob tear gas to stop protesters from reaching Khanauri border, cop injured in clash

Protesting farmers clashed with police near Haryana Police at Khanauri border, leading to stone-throwing and tear gas shells being fired by officials.

Farmers tying a black cloth on their turbans burn an effigy to mark Black Day protest against the Union government and Haryana government during their ongoing 'Delhi Chalo' march, at Shambhu Border in Patiala on Friday. (ANI)Premium
Farmers tying a black cloth on their turbans burn an effigy to mark Black Day protest against the Union government and Haryana government during their ongoing 'Delhi Chalo' march, at Shambhu Border in Patiala on Friday. (ANI)

Protesting farmers clashed with the police near the Haryana Police near Khanauri border on Friday. An official was injured as the agitators threw stones at security personnel. Officials countered efforts to reach the Khanauri border post by firing tear gas shells to halt the farmers' progress. Thousands of protesting farmers have stayed put at Khanauri and Shambhu with their tractor-trolleys and trucks while agitating for their demands — including a legal guarantee for minimum support price for crops and farm debt waiver.

Officials said that some police personnel and farmers were injured as the protesters were stopped while trying to go from Kheri Chopta village to Khanauri. Several protesters were also detained amid the ensuing scuffle. 

Meanwhile farm leaders announced a candle march on Saturday and the burning of effigies two days later. A decision to this effect was taken Friday evening by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (KMM) with representatives indicating that they would decide on their next course of action for the Delhi Chalo march on February 29.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also announced on Friday that the Centre had established a three-member committee of ministers and is holding negotiations with farmers.

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Earlier in the day, the Haryana Police had initiated proceedings to seize the assets of protesting farmers who damaged public property during the agitation.  The development came mere hours after officials announced the withdrawal of its earlier decision to invoke the National Security Act against some farm leaders. 

Farmers leaders had put the 'Delhi Chalo' march on hold for two days after a protester was killed Wednesday and several police personnel were injured in clashes at Khanauri. A 62-year-old farmer participating in the agitation passed away on Friday after suffering a heart attack in Khanauri — the fourth protester death since the march began. 

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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Published: 23 Feb 2024, 10:50 PM IST
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