Seize all earthmoving equipment at borders, keep women and kids 1 km away: Haryana police to Punjab cops | Chandigarh News – DollarJob

Seize all earthmoving equipment at borders, keep women and kids 1 km away: Haryana police to Punjab cops | Chandigarh News

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As farmers are set to march towards New Delhi on Wednesday morning after rejecting the Centre’s five-year MSP proposal, the Haryana police have urged their Punjab counterparts to seize bulldozers and other armour-plated earthmoving equipment at the interstate borders as well as to stop women, children and journalists at least 1 km from the borders.

Apprehending that the protesting farmers would try to break the multilayer barricading in place since the start of the agitation, Haryana DGP SS Kapur forwarded to his Punjab counterpart, Gaurav Yadav, a letter written by IG (Law and Order) HS Doon.

“As you are aware, certain farmer unions are protesting and camping at Shambhu border, Ambala, and Datasingh (Khanauri) border, Jind, since February 13, 2024. Credible inputs have been received that the protestors may keep women, children and senior citizens in the front so that the police can be deterred from taking legal action. If farmers resort to forcefully removing the barricades then the police will have no other option but to take legal action against them and this may lead to avoidable risk of injury/hardship to women, children and senior citizens. To avoid such happening, it is requested that the women, children and senior citizens may kindly be stopped at a safe distance (minimum 1 km) from the conflict points on the interstate borders in the interest of their safety,” the letter read.

In another letter to the Punjab DGP, his Haryana counterpart wrote, “It is reliably learnt that heavy earthmoving equipment including Poclain, JCB etc. that have been further modified/ armour-plated have been acquired by protesting farmers and have been deployed at border locations where the protesters are camping right now. These machines are meant to be used by the protesters to damage the barricades, thereby posing serious danger to the police and paramilitary forces deployed on duty and are likely to compromise the security scenario in the state of Haryana.”

“In view of the above, you are requested to take all necessary steps to immediately seize these machines from the protesting sites at the borders and take all preventive steps so that the Poclain/JCB machines and other heavy machinery which may cause harm to security forces are not allowed to reach the protesting sites. Further, the owners/operators of such equipment may be strictly warned to not provide the services of their equipment to the protesting farmers as the same would amount to the criminal act and they would be criminally liable for the same. This may please be dealt with on top priority being a matter of utmost urgency,” he further wrote.

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In an earlier communication sent to the Punjab police, the Haryana police stated that any move to break barricades using heavy earthmoving equipment would “aggravate the ongoing law & order situation and can cause grave risk to human life including the police officials deployed behind the barriers”.

“It is requested that urgent steps may be taken to restrict access of heavy earthmovers (JCB etc) near the protest sites. The owners/operators of such equipment may be strictly advised to ensure that they do not provide the services of their equipment to the protesting farmers,” the letter read.

Acting on the requests, Punjab DGP Gaurav Yadav issued instructions to all the SSPs and commissioners of police that no heavy earthmoving equipment should be allowed to reach the Khanauri and Shambhu borders.

“In the daily morning group call of the undersigned held with all district police chiefs at 8.15 am, it was reiterated by the undersigned on 18-02-2024 that no JCBs, Poclains, Tippers, Hydras and other heavy earthmoving equipment should be allowed to reach the Punjab-Haryana border at Khanauri and Shambhu. However, despite the above instructions, one Poclain machine reached the Shambu border at 3.00 pm today,” DGP Yadav wrote, adding that the special DGP for law and order had been directed to ensure that the excavator would be removed from the dharna site immediately.

The range DIG and district SSPs, however, would be responsible for the maintenance of law and order in their jurisdictions, Yadav wrote.



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