Massive Jams On Roads To Delhi As Haryana Blocks Farmers
Farmers in large numbers reached the interstate borders of Punjab and Haryana on tractor trolleys on Wednesday to march towards Delhi — which would begin on Thursday — even as police in Haryana blocked major entry points between the two states to prevent farmers from entering their territory.
The Haryana government sealed the Doomwali-Dabwali border along with Khanouri-Jind border, Sardulgarh, Boha-Ratia, Moonak, Malout and Kalianwali border points. At most entry points to Haryana, a large number of boulders, apart from barricades, were placed on roads.
Activists of 30 Punjab farm organisations, who reached the sealed border points on Wednesday, held protests against the sealing of borders, started langar and camped on site. “The way the Haryana government is treating farmers from Punjab, it seems Punjab is not a part of India and farmers have no right to reach the capital in a peaceful manner. This will cause suspicion among the peasantry”, said BKU Dakonda general secretary Jagmohan Singh.BKU Ekta-Ugrahan said farm activists, including women, are ready to move in 4,000 covered trolleys and 1,600 buses. “The crackdown on farmers by Haryana police has further emboldened our activists, who are determined to move forward. The fight against the Centre with the demand to repeal the farm acts will be fought for long as the activists are leaving homes fully prepared,” said BKU Ugrahan president Joginder Singh Ugrahan and general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri.
Activists said they will not get involved in any direct clash with the police but will hold sit-in protests wherever they are stopped. They said this may lead to blockade of national highways until the farmers are allowed to move towards Delhi.
In Haryana, farmers from northern districts of the state broke two police barricades in Ambala and Kurukshetra on the NH 44 (GT Road). “We will reach Delhi at all cost and break barricades as it is our right to protest against the black laws. Only bullets can stop the farmers now,” said BKU Haryana state president Gurnam Singh Charuni.