On Sunday, thousands of protesting farmers from Punjab and Haryana began gathering on the outskirts of Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, for a three-day protest for their demands. They have warned that they have come prepared for a long journey. Many of them brought vegetables, sacks of flour and pulses and cooking oil on their tractor-trailers. Farmer unions under the Samikat Kisan Morcha (SKM) have called for nationwide protests on the third anniversary of the farmers’ historic ‘Delhi Chalo’ movement and non-meeting of demands such as legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP). This time they have launched the ‘Chandigarh Chalo’ movement to register their protest in front of the Raj Bhavan of Punjab and Haryana in Chandigarh.
Chandigarh police deployed in large numbers
Protesting farmers, men, women, young and old, including school and college students on tractor-trailers, cars and bikes, are gathering at the borders of Mohali in Punjab and Panchkula in Haryana. Police from both the states and Chandigarh have been deployed in large numbers and the borders have been sealed to prevent forced entry of farmers into Chandigarh. However, there were no reports of any violence or force being used to disperse the protesters. Crowded farmers have pitched tents and parked their vehicles, mostly tractor-trailers, on the roads leading to the city to eke out a living. They even set up makeshift kitchens to serve food to the protesters.
“If necessary, we will extend the movement indefinitely.”
SKM coordination committee member Darshan Pal said, “If their demands are not met, the agricultural union will move to the Raj Bhavan to register their protest against the central government. If necessary, they will protest. will be extended indefinitely.” Sarabjit Singh, a farmer from Khanna city, said, “We are carrying ration which can last for two months. Gurudev Singh, an elderly farmer camping with his sons and grandsons, said, “Like the more than a year-long protest at Delhi’s border posts – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, we are now facing similar protests at Chandigarh’s borders. Planning a protest.” Ready.”
Police in both the states issued a traffic advisory.
The demands of farmers’ unions also include compensation for crops damaged by pest attacks and floods in Punjab and Haryana. Both the Punjab and Haryana police have issued a traffic guideline asking commuters to avoid certain routes along the Chandigarh borders in view of the protests.
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