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Farmers’ Protest Escalates: Fifth Death Reported Amidst Government-Urged Talks

Farmers' Protest Escalates: Fifth Death Reported Amidst Government-Urged Talks


The ongoing farmers’ protest at the Punjab-Haryana border has taken a tragic turn with the reported death of a protester, Darshan Singh, due to a heart attack, marking the fifth casualty in the demonstrations. The resumption of the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march led to clashes with the Haryana Police, who deployed tear gas shells to prevent protesters from breaching barricades at Shambhu and Khanauri. The situation remains tense as both sides stand firm on their positions.

Rejected Proposal and Renewed Protests

The protest gained momentum after farmer leaders rejected a government proposal in the fourth round of talks. This rejection fueled the determination of the farmers to continue their agitation for various demands, including a legal guarantee for minimum support price (MSP), implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, pension for farmers and farm laborers, and farm debt waiver.

Farmers’ Protest: Tragic Loss and Clashes

The unfortunate demise of Darshan Singh, a 62-year-old farmer, due to a heart attack during the march, has added a somber note to the protests. Clashes between protesters and the police, involving sticks and stones, resulted in injuries to nearly 12 police personnel. The use of tear gas shells by the police to control the situation further intensified tensions.

Government’s Response to Farmers’ Protest

Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Arjun Munda, one of the three ministers engaging with farmer leaders, has called for further talks and appealed for peace. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman assured that the government is sincerely working to resolve the issues faced by farmers. Sitharaman highlighted the formation of a three-member committee of ministers actively negotiating with farmers, emphasizing the government’s commitment to addressing their concerns.

Farmers’ Protest Demands

The farmers, who have been camping at the Punjab-Haryana borders for an extended period, are demanding a legal guarantee for MSP, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, pension for farmers and farm laborers, and farm debt waiver. They also seek the withdrawal of police cases against protesting farmers, justice for the victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, reinstatement of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, and compensation for the families of farmers who died during the previous agitation in 2020-21.

Calls for Dialogue and Caution

Amidst the escalating tensions, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur urged protesting farmers not to resort to violence. The government expressed its readiness for further talks and emphasized its commitment to doubling the income of farmers. The appeal for a peaceful resolution is essential as clashes and unrest continue to mar the otherwise democratic expression of dissent.


As the farmers’ protest intensifies with tragic incidents and clashes, finding a middle ground through meaningful dialogue becomes imperative. The government’s proactive engagement and the farmers’ willingness to negotiate will play a pivotal role in reaching a resolution that addresses the longstanding grievances and ensures the well-being of the agricultural community. The nation watches closely as the fate of this crucial dialogue unfolds, hoping for a peaceful and just resolution to the farmers’ concerns.




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