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Morning briefing: Protesting farmers use indigenous methods against police; Captain Vikram Batra's mother dies; more

Feb 15, 2024 09:18 AM IST

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Protesting farmers at the Punjab-Haryana border employed unconventional tools like tennis balls, kites, and safety gear to counter police drones firing tear gas shells. Amid efforts to march towards the national capital, youths led the defence against tear gas at Shambhu. Despite Tuesday's unexpected drone use causing injuries, farmers persisted, with youngsters flying kites to counter drones. They also utilized locally made armour, safety goggles, and sports gloves. Wet jute sacks were employed to mitigate tear gas effects, while water tankers were stationed. Amid concerns over tear gas composition, Ambala's deputy commissioner urged action against kite-flying farmers, while Patiala's counterpart called for restraint from Haryana Police. Dig Deeper

Farmers, marching towards New Delhi to press for better crop prices promised to them in 2021, run for cover as tear gas is fired by police to disperse them, at Shambhu, a border crossing between Punjab and Haryana. (Reuters)
Farmers, marching towards New Delhi to press for better crop prices promised to them in 2021, run for cover as tear gas is fired by police to disperse them, at Shambhu, a border crossing between Punjab and Haryana. (Reuters)

Kamal Kant Batra, mother of Kargil war hero Captain Vikram Batra, passed away at 77 in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu offered condolences. Kamal Kant Batra contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Hamirpur representing AAP but later resigned due to dissatisfaction. Captain Vikram Batra, known as ‘Sher Shah’, died at 24 fighting Pakistani forces during the Kargil war, earning him the Param Vir Chakra. His iconic slogan ‘Yeh Dil Mange More’ became renowned. Born on September 9, 1974, in Palampur, he attended DAV Public School and pursued higher education in Chandigarh before joining the Indian Military Academy in 1996. He made his last phone call to his mother on June 29, 1999, before his demise in the war. Dig Deeper

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That’s all we have at this hour in our morning briefing. Catch you in the afternoon

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