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Protesters will pay for damage to public property during farmers protest, says Ambala Police

Earlier today, Union minister Anurag Thakur appealed to the farmers protesting at the Punjab-Haryana borders to not follow the path of violence, asserting that the government is ready to hold talks with them to resolve their concerns.

Reported By : Manish Prasad Edited By : Shashwat Bhandari
New Delhi
Updated on: February 23, 2024 0:20 IST
Police and security personnel stand guard near
Image Source : PTI Police and security personnel stand guard near multi-layered barricading ahead of the protesting farmers’ ‘Delhi Chalo’ March, at the Singhu Border, in New Delhi.

Farmers protest: Ambala Police on Thursday informed that farmer leaders will be dealt under the Natioanl Security Act (NSA) if found in disturbing law and order situation, as their protest over various demands including a legal guarantee for MSP continues.

The Ambala Police has also said that agitators participating in the farmers protest will have to bear the cost of damage to the public property.

In a notice issued by Ambala Police, it has been said that from February 13, 2024, continuous efforts are being made by the farmer organisations to break the barricades on the Ramu border in connection with the 'Delhi Chalo' march and to disturb the law and order by pelting stones at the police and creating hooliganism... these efforts are being made every day... During this period, a lot of damage has been caused to government and private property by the miscreants. Police have said that the damage caused to government and private property by the agitators is being assessed.

On Wednesday, farmers' leaders decided to put their 'Delhi Chalo' march on hold for two days after a protester was killed and about 12 police personnel injured in clashes at Khanauri, one of the two protest sites on the Punjab-Haryana border.

Tractor march on February 26, Kisan mahapanchayat at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan 

After discussing the situation at the interstate borders between Punjab and Haryana where thousands of farmers have been camping for over a week, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella organisation of the farmers' organisations, on Thursday announced a series of protests, including a ‘mahapanchayat’ in Delhi on March 14.

It demanded registration of a murder case against Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Home Minister Anil Vij over the death of a man during the farmers’ agitation a day earlier and a compensation of Rs 1 crore for the deceased.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said that after the coordination committee meeting of the SKM said on Friday a ‘black day’ for non-implementation of their demands, comprising the law guaranteeing the minimum support price (MSP) of crops, would be observed across the country.

“We demand registration of a murder case under Section 320 (of the IPC) against the Haryana CM and the Home Minister and the death of a protestor would be judicially probed,” he said.

Accompanying farmer leaders from across the country, Tikait said on February 26 a tractor march would be carried out across the country on one side of national highways. “One side of all the highways will be allowed for the commuters to use. We will ply tractors only on the one side.”

On March 14, a ‘mahapanchayat’ would be held in Delhi for the next course of action.

Farmers leaders on Wednesday put the 'Delhi Chalo' march on hold for two days after a protester was killed and about 12 police personnel injured in clashes at Khanauri border, one of the two protest sites on the Punjab-Haryana border.

With inputs from IANS

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