Punjab govt deploys over 4,800 police personnel at Shambhu, Khanauri borders as farmers’ march to begin soon | Chandigarh News – DollarJob

Punjab govt deploys over 4,800 police personnel at Shambhu, Khanauri borders as farmers’ march to begin soon | Chandigarh News

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The Punjab government has stepped up security measures in the wake of the farmers’ protest march to Delhi which is set to start from the border area of Shambhu and Khanauri at 11 am on Wednesday.

The farmers have been camping on the Punjab-Haryana border areas since February 13 after their march to Delhi demanding Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops ended up in clashes with the security forces.

It has deployed around 4,800 police personnel at Shambhu, unlike the Dilli Chalo march of the farmers unions – Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (KMM) and SKM (non-political) – on February 13 when around 1,200 personnel were deputed, confirmed sources.

The government has pressed into service 20 ambulances at Rajpura and Shambhu and 12 at Dhabi Gujran near Khanauri border. Eighteen duty magistrates and eight Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officers have been deputed as special executive magistrates, confirmed the office of Patiala district administration.

“A control room has been set up at SDM office in Rajpura for coordination and a team of 2 PCS officers for coordinating the health department response has also been set up,” said an officer with the administrative department.

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Over 60 people were injured due to tear gas, and firing of rubber bullets from the Haryana side on February 13 and 14. Three people had lost their vision in the violence, while two farmers died of cardiac arrest, said the police.

Farmer unions have mentioned that they will march ahead. Already one JCB, and a hydra borer are positioned at Shambhu while a few other vehicles were stopped by the Punjab police on Tuesday evening, sources said.



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