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Farmer protest: Punjab DGP asks officials to stop movement of earthmoving machinery to Punjab-Haryana border

February 21, 2024 12:14 PM

Chandigarh : Responding to the concerns shown by Haryana government on JCBs, Poclaines, Tippers, Hydras and other heavy earthmoving equipment being brought to Shabhu border by agitating farmers, DGP Punjab directed all the concerned officers of Punjab on Tuesday to stop the movement of this type of machinery to Punjab-Haryana Border at Khanauri and Shambu.


In a letter sent to all Range ADGPs/IGPS/DIGs, all Commissioners of Police and all Senior Superintendent of Police, Punjab DGP reminded, "Clear instructions have been issued to all SSPs and CPs that no JCBs, Poclaines, Tippers, Hydras and other heady earthmoving equipment should be allowed to reach the Punjab-Haryana border at Khanauri and Shambu where farmer agitation is ongoing and inputs indicate plans of the protestors to storm the barricades of Haryana Police and enter Haryana, a move which would disturb the law & order situation in both the states," read the letter.

 

Earlier, Haryana DGP made a written request to his Punjab counterpart urging him to stop the movement earth earth-moving machinery towards the Shambhu border and Khanauri border.

 

Meanwhile, following the call of 'Delhi Chalo' march scheduled on Feb 21, farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal holding a press conference on Wednesday morning said, "Our intention is not to create any chaos... We have made a programme to reach Delhi since November 7. If the government says that they didn't get enough time this means the government is trying to neglect us."


"This is not right that such huge barricades are placed to stop us. We want to go to Delhi peacefully. The government should remove the barricades and let us come in... Otherwise, they should fulfil our demands... We are peaceful... If they extend one hand, we will also cooperate... We have to handle the situation with patience... I appeal to the youngsters to not lose control, "he added.


The government is still hopeful of a solution, Union Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda said, "We want to do good and several opinions can be given for doing so, as we always welcome good opinions... But to find a way on how that opinion will be fruitful, the only way is conversation. Through conversation, a solution will surely come out."

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