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Farmers, cops clash at Delhi border; govt to hold talks on Thursday


NEW DELHI: Day 2 of the farmers’ ‘

Delhi Chalo

‘ protest on Wednesday saw

tensions escalate

at several

border points



resorted to firing tear gas shells and rubber bullets to stop the farmers from entering the national capital.
A team of Union ministers will hold a meeting with farmer leaders on Thursday evening, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal said on Wednesday.

The meeting will be held with Union ministers Arjun Munda, Piyush Goyal, and Nityanand Rai.
This will be the third round of meetings between the two sides.
Here are the other top developments of the day:

Security personnel clash with farmers at Shambhu border
Security personnel in Haryana fired tear gas shells on farmers from Punjab at the Shambhu border. The incident took place when thousands of farmers gathered for the second day of the protest. Whenever groups of farmers attempted to move towards the barricades, the police took action.
In response, some farmers hurled stones at the security personnel. To monitor the situation, police have deployed a drone. At the Singhu border, a few youths flew kites in an attempt to bring down the drone.

Traffic affected in border areas as police erected several layers of barricades
Traffic in the border areas of Delhi was badly affected on Wednesday as police set up multiple barricades and halted vehicle movement at the Singhu and Tikri borders due to an anticipated farmers’ march towards the capital. While the Singhu and Tikri borders were completely closed to traffic, meanwhile, regulated vehicular movement was allowed at the Ghazipur border.
In a bid to prevent the farmers from reaching Delhi, a section of a road near the Singhu border was dug up. To avoid inconvenience, commuters were advised to use alternate routes, police said. To deter the protesting farmers from entering Delhi, the police have erected barricades and placed concrete slabs on various roads.
Advisory for students issued
With board exams starting tomorrow, students in Delhi have been advised to leave for their exam centres early due to traffic disruptions caused by the ongoing

farmers’ protest

. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued an advisory stating that all students must arrive at their exam centres by 10 am, as the exams will begin at 10.30 am. Over 5.8 lakh students will be appearing for the exams at 877 centres in Delhi.
The restrictions imposed in view of the protest have made it difficult for children to attend coaching classes. Some students with vehicles are opting to use the metro to avoid traffic, while others are leaving home earlier than usual and relying on autos and buses to reach their centres.
Senior Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh, held discussions
Senior Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Arjun Munda, discussed the ongoing farmers’ protests and ways to address the issues.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh, a former agriculture minister, deliberated on farmer issues with Munda, the current agriculture minister. Munda also engaged in discussions with farmer groups. Details about the meeting are yet to be revealed.
Centre to hold talks with farmer leaders on Thursday
A team of three Union ministers will hold talks with farmer leaders on Thursday to discuss their demands, according to farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal. This will be the third round of talks in a week, following inconclusive meetings on February 8 and 12.
Meanwhile, farmers have agreed to postpone their movement until after the meeting, stating that their next steps will depend on the proposals put forth by the Centre. The meeting, scheduled for 5 pm on Thursday, will include Union ministers Arjun Munda, Piyush Goyal, and Nityanand Rai.

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