Farmers unions, political parties block highways in Haryana

June 16, 2017 10:41 PM

Ambala : Haryana is witnessing state-wide blockades on Friday as various farmers’ unions and political parties have congregated on the highways to protest for farmers’ issues. Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) members assembled in Ambala to block the highway near Mohra. They parked their tractors on the highway to block the roads but later removed their blockade and cleared the highway.

BKU chief Gurnam Singh Charuni addressed the farmers and asked them to remain peaceful and give way to ambulance and fire brigade. As many as 10 companies have been deployed to handle the situation while traffic would be diverted. MP Dushyant Chautala will also join the farmers’ protest in Ambala.

Indian National Lok Dal workers burnt the effigy of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan under the elevated flyover near mini secretariat in Panipat. While in Kurukshetra, Congress workers assembled at the mini secretariat for Kisan Panchayat. Beri legislator Raghbir Kadyan tables 12-point charter of demands to improve the financial condition of farmers at Congress' Kisan Panchayat'.                      

Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda demands implementation of Swaminathan Commission report. He called for unity to fight for farmers' cause. He also said he is not a contender for the CM post. He demanded pension and health insurance for farmers.

In Karnal, INLD workers led by former Agriculture Minister Jaswinder Sandhu took out a protest march towards the mini secretariat. They are demanding loan waiver for the farmers. The venue for blocking the national highway from Rohtak to Panipat via Gohana at Rukhi village in Sonepat district was shifted to Ghollor village in Rohtak district. Vehicular traffic towards Rohtak was diverted from Gohana. From Gohana it was diverted to Kharkhoda and Kathura side.

Police also diverted traffic on the road going from Candigarh to Hisar and Hisar-Jind road. Police detained some youths after a minor clash near Khanda turn in Narnaund town in Hisar. The police foiled the bid to block the road. As farmer outfits gear up to block highways, the authorities have warned registration of cases against those who indulge in any unlawful activity.

Dhirendra Khadgata, Additional Deputy Commissioner, chaired a joint meeting of the administration and the police yesterday. He urged protesters to organise a peaceful dharna. He said the police would register cases against those who violate law.

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