The Fact News Service
Mohali, February 6, 2021
Farmers on Saturday, ahead of the ‘Chakka Jam’ planned by farmers, started blocking roads. All national and state highways in the district have been blocked.
Bastara toll plaza on the Chandigarh-Delhi National Highway NH-44 at Kurukshetra, Karnal, and Panipat is the main site where a large number of farmers are staging a dharna.
The protesters said that arrangements have been made for food and water for stranded commuters on one of the busiest highways of the country. Nearly 40,000 vehicles cross this highway daily as it connects Chandigarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh to the national capital Delhi.
Farmers are protesting at Kanhiya Chowk, the Bathinda-Amritsar highway, Lehra Bega toll plaza, and Rampura on the Bathinda-Chandigarh national highway among other places in the district.
A large number of farmers are carrying the Tricolour along with the union flags at the protest spots.
Farmers in Mohali, jam the roads at Banur toll plaza, Gharuan and Kharar.
In Haryana, Panchkula-Ambala highway, Yamunanagar, Rewari, Palwal, Rohtak, all main roads are blocked. Farmers also blocked the Panipat-Rohtak highway near Panipat, the Hisar-Chandigarh highway at Kaithal and Pehowa, the Karnal-Jind highway near Assandh.
Farmer organisations in Jammu stage protest on Jammu-Pathankot highway as part of the nationwide ‘chakka jaam’ called by farmers today. “We appeal to the govt to repeal these laws. We support the farmers protesting on the borders of Delhi,” says a protester
Police detain the protesters who were agitating outside Yelahanka Police Station against the farm laws as part of the countrywide ‘chakka jam’ called by farmers today.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police is all geared up to tackle any surprise element, including ‘flash mob’ tactics and ‘protest call on social media’ as the Samyukta Kisan Morcha and other farmer organisations are set for a nationwide three-hour ‘chakka jam’.
It is also keeping an eye on social media handles and hashtags so that any call for instant gathering like the ‘flash mob’ can be tackled. This is after the entire police mechanism had taken a hit on Republic Day when the farmers’ tractor rally had gone off-track and created hours of ruckus in the heart of the capital.
Security has been tightened at strategic locations and the police are keeping an eye on the protest build-up in the bordering states and the protest sites close to Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders.