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Police fire tear gas at Indian farmers on march to capital

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Published Feb 21, 2024

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Indian police have used tear gas to disperse thousands of farmers from Punjab who were marching to New Delhi, demanding higher crop prices backed by law. This follows their rejection of a government proposal for five-year agreements and guaranteed support prices for certain crops. The government, in response, has offered a new round of negotiations, with Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda inviting farmer leaders to discuss their demands.
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By Sunil Kataria SHAMBHU, India (Reuters) - Indian police fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse thousands of farmers trying to resume a march to the capital New Delhi after rejecting a government offer on the prices of their produce, while authorities offered a new round of negotiations. Fleeing the burning gas and clouds of smoke, the farmers, some wearing medical masks, rushed to the fields around the meeting point on a highway about 200 km north of New Delhi. The police action came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government made a fresh offer to resume talks on farmers' demands. Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda asked farmers to resolve their grievances through negotiations. "After the fourth round, the government is ready to discuss all issues" such as guaranteed prices for farmers' crops, he published in X when the march resumed. "I invite the farmer leaders again for a discussion. It is important for us to maintain peace." Farmer leaders met to discuss Wednesday's offer ...
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