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Farmers Protest: Dilli Chalo March Suspended After Fatal Clash

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The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the farmers’ body leading the protest at the Punjab-Haryana border, finds itself at a critical juncture. The ‘Dilli Chalo’ march, which had been gaining momentum, has been suspended for two days following a tragic incident.

Clash at Khanauri Border

On Wednesday, tensions escalated as clashes erupted between farmers and police personnel at Khanauri, one of the two points along the Punjab-Haryana border where the farmers have been camping. During these clashes, a protester lost their life, and 12 police personnel were injured. The situation remains tense, and both sides are grappling with the aftermath of this unfortunate event.

Discrepancies in Casualty Reports

While the farmers claim that one of their own was killed, the Haryana Police disputes this account, asserting that no fatalities occurred. The discrepancy in casualty reports adds to the complexity of an already volatile situation.

Farmers Response

The SKM, in a statement, expressed deep sorrow over the loss of life during the clashes. They hold the Central Government solely responsible for the crisis and the resulting casualties. The farmers continue to struggle for their rights and demands, determined to find a resolution.

National Coordination Committee and General Body Meeting

In response to the tragic events, the SKM has convened a National Coordination Committee and a General Body meeting. These crucial gatherings aim to assess the situation, deliberate on the next steps, and take decisive action to advance their cause. The fate of the ‘Dilli Chalo’ march hangs in the balance as farmers and leaders strategize their next move.

Way Forward

As the nation watches, the farmers’ movement remains steadfast. Their demands for fair prices, better livelihoods, and agricultural reforms resonate across the country. The loss of a protester underscores the urgency of finding common ground and addressing the core issues.

The coming days will determine whether the ‘Dilli Chalo’ march resumes or takes a different course. For now, the Punjab-Haryana border remains a focal point, echoing the struggles of those who toil on the land.

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