Video: Hit In The Eye By Rubber Bullet, Farmers Carry Man On Their Shoulders To Take Him To Hospital Amid ‘Delhi Chalo’ Protest Near Shambu Border

Video: Hit In The Eye By Rubber Bullet, Farmers Carry Man On Their Shoulders To Take Him To Hospital Amid ‘Delhi Chalo’ Protest Near Shambu Border

Meanwhile, the protesting farmers on Tuesday damaged multi-layer barricades put up by the police to stop them at the border, by removing cement and barbed wire fencing with tractors

Abhishek SinghUpdated: Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 07:31 PM IST
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Amid chaos and unrest during farmers’ ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest, a man, identified as Satver, was severely injured after a rubber bullet fired by the police hit his right eye on Tuesday. 

The video of an injured Satver being carried on shoulders by fellow farmers near Punjab’s Shambhu border surfaced on social media, raising questions on police’s alleged brutality in handling the agitating farmers. 

Watch the video here:

(Warning: Graphic content)

Reports suggest that soon after Satver was hit, police fired a tear gas shell at him due to which he couldn't get up. As there was no ambulance or any arrangement of first aid, Satver’s friends carried him on their shoulders in a bid to take him to the hospital as soon as possible. 

Meanwhile, the protesting farmers on Tuesday damaged multi-layer barricades put up by the police to stop them at the border, by removing cement and barbed wire fencing with tractors. 

The farmers were trying to break the barricades in a bid to cross the Shambhu border to enter Haryana from Punjab and head to the national Capital.

Demand for MSP intensifies

The farmers have stepped up their protests to press their demands for a law on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and waiver of farm loans, among other things.

The confrontation with the police was sparked off by the growers trying to break the multi-layered barricades using tractors and tools to remove tyre-killer spikes

Even as tear gas shells were dropped via drone and water cannons were used to deter the protestors from breaching the police bandobast, the farmers were seen forcibly trying to break the barricades.

They also tried to enter Haryana through fields on the sides of the highway and several were taken into preventing custody by the police. Likewise, the farmers vandalised barriers at the Haryana-Punjab border at Moonak in Sangrur.

Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee General Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said around 10,000 people had assembled at the Shambhu border. "Tear gas is being used against us through drones," he said.

Meeting with Union ministers

Earlier in the day, thousands of farmers, led by over 200 unions under the banner of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (non-political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha, embarked on the 'Delhi Chalo' protest march from across Punjab towards the national Capital after several hours of a high-level meetings with farmer leaders and two Union ministers -- Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda and Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal, in Chandigarh till late on Monday night, remained inconclusive.

At the meeting, the Union ministers were in favour of setting up a committee on the MSP issue but the farmer leaders turned that down.

The Centre also agreed to withdraw the cases against the farmers registered during the 2020-21 agitation.

However, the Centre did not make any commitment on a loan waiver.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal, who participated in the meeting, told the media that several committees on the issue had already advocated the need to legalise the MSP. "So another committee would have served no purpose," he said, adding "the government was also not serious on a loan waiver, though it waived off lakhs of crores of bad debt of big corporates."

A spokesperson for the Haryana Police said they have made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order in the state.

"A total of 114 companies have been deployed in various districts of the state, out of which 64 companies are from paramilitary forces and 50 companies are from Haryana Police," spokesperson and Assistant Inspector General Manisha Chaudhary said.

The Haryana Police sealed all four entry points by putting up barricades, boulders, tippers filled with sand and barbed wires and iron spikes, impacting the movement of vehicular traffic.

Security has also been beefed up along the Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders to stop the farmers from entering Delhi.

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