Farmers protest: One dead, 25 injured as Haryana Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesting farmers; situation tense : The Tribune India

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Farmers protest: One dead, 25 injured as Haryana Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesting farmers; situation tense

Haryana Police used tear gas shells without provocation, says Patiala Range DIG HS Bhullar

Protesting farmers stand facing police personnel at Shambhu Border; tear gas shelling continues



Tribune News Service

Aman Sood

Shambhu/Chandigarh, February 21

A 20-year-old protester was killed while 25 others were injured on Wednesday after the Haryana police fired rubber bullets and lobbed tear gas shells on the protesting farmers at Khanauri border.

According to officials, the deceased identified as Shubhkaran Singh of Baloke in Bathinda succumbed to his injuries at Patiala's Rajindra hospital. He was allegedly hit by a rubber bullet.

As per initial reports, a bullet entered his head from above his ear.

Ten of the injured farmers were rushed to hospital, while others got first aid at the makeshift medical camp at Shambhu.

Three of the injured farmers were referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.

Sangrur Civil surgeon Dr Kirpal Singh said a youth sustained injuries in the head and has been referred to Rajindra Hospital.

Currently, the firing of tear gas shells has been stopped.

Meanwhile, the farmer leaders rushed to the Rajindra hospital after reports of two of the farmers receiving critical injuries at Khanauri.

Tear gas shells were fired by Haryana security personnel after some farmers were heading towards the multi-layered barricades at the Shambhu border on Wednesday.

Protesting farmers disperse after a tear gas firing during their Dilli Chalo march, near the Shambhu border in Patiala district on Wednesday. PTI

Earlier, Dallewal and Pandher said the protesting farmers, who have been camping at two border points between Punjab and Haryana after they were stopped by security personnel, will march towards Delhi in a peaceful manner.

The farmer leaders also urged the Central government to remove barricades and blockades at the Shambhu border and allow the farmers to march peacefully to Delhi. 

“We are ready to die and be shot in the interest of the farmers of the country as it is now not a fight for farmers from Punjab but of the whole nation,” the leaders said.

“If any standoff happens… it can turn ugly, as farmers are adamant to reach Delhi and we will only proceed peacefully. But if they open fire at us or use force; then whatever happens will be the responsibility of those who had put up these barricades,” they added.

21:00 21 Feb
Jagjit Dallewal admitted to Patiala hospital as he complains of uneasiness in breathing

Jagjit Dallewal admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala as he complained of uneasiness in breathing.

20:13 21 Feb
Trade unions to observe February 23 as black day all over India

Trade unions condemn the killing of young farmer and injuries to dozens, declare to observe February 23 as black day all over India.

18:09 21 Feb
Details of injured protesters

During the ongoing farmers’ protest at Shambhu and Dhabi Gujran, 9 protesters and 14 protesters respectively suffered injuries.

All 9 injured at Shambhu border had minor injuries and are stable, being treated at SDH Rajpura.

Out of 14 persons injured at Dhabi Gujran, 4 were referred to Rajindra Hospital and all 4 are stable.

One Shubhkaran Singh, aged 21, from Balloh, Bathinda, suffered a fatal head injury at Dhabi Gujran and was taken to Rajindra Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The cause of the injury is yet to be ascertained, as per Punjab government officials.

17:24 21 Feb
Fissures in farmer unions as 2 main unions blame morcha leaders for farmer’s death

All India Kisan Federation chief Prem Singh Bhangu and Bhartiya Kisan union chief Balbir singh Rajjewal said the death of the young farmer is due to the incompetence of the union leaders leading the mob at the Dilli Chalo morcha.

“While the government is wrong in using force, the union leaders are equally responsible for misleading the youngsters,” they said.

Fissures in farmer unions as two main unions blamed morcha leaders for the farmer's death.

16:47 21 Feb
Samyukta Kisan Morcha calls a meeting on Thursday

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait says, "This movement will continue, a solution can be found only through dialogue... The SKM will meet tomorrow and decide what to do."

16:37 21 Feb
Shambhu tense as farmer leaders announce to enter Haryana.

Following protests after the death of a young farmer, Shambhu is tense as farmer leaders Dallewal and Pandher announce to enter Haryana.

Clashes between cops and farmers escalate as more tear gas shells fired.

15:54 21 Feb
20-year-old protester died after sustaining injuries

The deceased identified as Shubhkaran Singh of Baloke in Bathinda succumbed to his injuries at Patiala's Rajindra hospital. He was allegedly hit by a rubber bullet.

Shubhkaran Singh

15:35 21 Feb
Punjab Police request Haryana not to use force on farmers
15:26 21 Feb
Farmer leader Dallewal rushes to Rajindra Hospital

Farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal rushed to the Rajindra Hospital to inquire about the injured farmer.

“If in case the news about his death is confirmed, then there is no point talking to the Central Government. We were holding talks with some officials when we got this information. We are going to inquire and then comment,” he said on reported death of a farmer.

 

15:19 21 Feb
One farmer referred to Patiala hospital

Sangrur Civil surgeon Dr Kirpal Singh says a 26-year-old youth sustained injuries in the head and has been referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.

15:18 21 Feb
26 injured as police fire tear gas, rubber bullets

At least 26 farmers have been injured, after Haryana Police fired rubber bullets and lobbed tear gas shells, at Khanauri border.

13:46 21 Feb
Tear gas shells continue on farmers

Tear gas shells continue on farmers as many are still standing near barricades.

They are being thrown by drones and also fired by Haryana Police personnel.

13:00 21 Feb
BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) supports farmer unions' decision to reject Central Govt’s offer

Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) supports protesting farmer unions' decision to reject Central Government’s offer of giving 5 years MSP through contract farming to those who sow five crops instead of cultivating paddy and wheat.

12:52 21 Feb
12:07 21 Feb
Punjab to write to Haryana counterpart over sudden use of tear gas shells

Punjab Police likely to write to Haryana counterpart over sudden use of tear gas shells when the farmer leaders were only giving speeches, and had not started moving towards the barricades.

“It was a sudden attack on the farmers”, said Patiala Range DIG HS Bhullar.

11:47 21 Feb
Compete chaos as more tear gas shells fired

Some farmers fell while trying to escape the tear gas shells, while youngsters take cover behind the boulders placed by police.

11:45 21 Feb
Tear gas shells fired at protesting farmers

Haryana Police lob tear gas shells on protesting farmers. A dozen of shells landed on Punjab side.

 

11:12 21 Feb
Haryana Police urge farmers to not use tractor-trailers
11:05 21 Feb
Punjab Police restrict movement of traffic towards Shambhu

Punjab Police officials have restricted the movement of traffic towards Shambhu now.

Except vehicles of farmers, all other vehicles are being diverted from near Rajpura.

 

10:59 21 Feb
Punjab govt tried to impress upon union leaders not to use excess force as it could lead to retaliation from Haryana side

Fearing action in Haryana, Punjab Govt tells protesters to show restraint

10:51 21 Feb
BKU (Tikait) warns ongoing agitation could surpass duration of previous protest

Farmers' agitation may be longer this time: Rakesh Tikait

10:48 21 Feb
High Court observes that tractor-trailers could not ply on highways under provisions of Motor Vehicles Act

Tractor-trailers can’t ply on highways: Punjab and Haryana High Court

10:41 21 Feb
Hospitals put on alert in Patiala, Mohali

Hospitals have been put on alert in Patiala, Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib in wake of a likely clash between the farmer unions and Haryana Police personnel.

 

10:35 21 Feb
Situation tense at Shambhu, Punjab officials hold meeting with farm leaders

Situation is tense as large number of farmers have started gathering at the Shambhu border.

The farm leaders are holding a discussion with the Punjab government officials.

 

10:16 21 Feb
Traffic disrupted on Delhi-Gurugram, several other roads

Traffic has also been hit on Delhi-Gurugram, Delhi-Bahadurgarh and several other roads after heavy deployment of police to ensure law and order.

10:11 21 Feb
Multi-layered barricades of concrete, iron nails at Delhi-Haryana border points

The two border points of Delhi and Haryana - Tikri and Singhu - are sealed with the heavy deployment of police personnel and paramilitary forces and multi-layered barricades of concrete and iron nails.

Two lanes of the Ghazipur border have also been shut with multi-layer barricades and police personnel.

10:08 21 Feb
Security beefed up in Delhi, borders

The Delhi Police has beefed up security in the national capital and directed its personnel to ensure strict vigil at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur borders.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Jimmy Chiram says there is sufficient deployment of the force, besides paramilitary personnel, at the Delhi-Haryana borders.

10:02 21 Feb
Security tightened at Shambhu border

Amid heavy deployment by Haryana, Punjab has also deputed hundreds of police personnel at the Shambhu border to ensure law and order.

09:55 21 Feb
Farmer leaders expected to reach Shambhu border around 10:30 am

Farmer leaders are expected to reach the Shambhu border around 10:30 am and address the protesting farmers ahead of the 'Dilli Chalo' march.

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