Tribune News Service
Karnal/Bathinda/Palwal, February 6
In view of the ‘chakka jam’ call, farmers on Saturday started blocking roads at 11 points in Karnal district.
Bastara toll plaza on NH-44 is the main site where a large number of farmers are staging a dharna.
- Patiala: Punjabi actors Binu Dhillon and Dev Kharoud, and Punjabi singer Pammi Bai participate in the Chakka Jam in Patiala
Ambala: Congress, INLD, and Haryana Democratic Front leaders reach the dharna site near Shambhu toll plaza
Yamunanagar: Farmers block road in Chhachhrauli town of Yamunanagar district
- Haryana Roadways suspend bus services for three hours in Jind
Farmers block Sonepat-Gohana road near Badwasni village
- Highway blocked in Bhiwani district
- Apart from Bastara toll plaza on NH-44, farmers have also blocked Karnal-Kaithal road in Nissing near Gurdwara, Karnal-Indri road at Ramba, Nilokheri-Dhand road at Nigdhu main chowk, Karnal-Assandh road near grain market, Indri-Garhibirbal road near Biana grain market, Indri-Kurukshetra road near Bhadson, Karnal-Jind national highway-709A at Peont toll plaza, Karnal-Dhand road at Kachwa, Karnal-Meerut road at Nagla chowk, Munak-Assandh near Ballah, and in Dupehri
- As many as 28 duty magistrates and around 1,500 police personnel have been deployed to ensure law and order situation in Karnal district
- Zirakpur: Several light points in Zirakpur are blocked by protesters. Chandigarh-Zirakpur border and Panchkula-Zirakpur blocked. Traffic comes to a complete halt
Members of 52 Khaps (Pals) are also staging a sit-in on the National Highway 19, near Antola village of Palwal district as part of the Chakka Jam. Traffic on both sides of the highway and the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway has been halted.
Meanwhile, farmers in Bathinda blocked eight places in the district.
All national and state highways in the district have been blocked.
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.
Emergency and essential services such as ambulance and school bus will not be stopped, the protesters have said. However, there was no report of violence from anywhere in both the states.
Heavy police presence was seen at various places in Haryana and Punjab to maintain law and order in view of the protest by the farmers.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police are all geared up to tackle any surprise element, including ‘flash mob’ tactics and ‘protest call on social media’ in view of the ‘chakka jam’.
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. — With agencies