Chandigarh, October 9
Farmer organisations held a two-hour ‘chakka jam’ (street blockade) in components of Punjab on Friday to protest the usage of water cannons and tear gasoline by the Haryana Police throughout a stir in Sirsa towards the brand new farm legal guidelines.
Protesting farmers blocked highways and another roads within the state, inflicting disruption in vehicular motion, although officers mentioned site visitors was diverted to various routes at many locations.
“The nationwide highways and another roads remained blocked through the two-hour ‘chakka jam’ from 12 pm to 2 pm. Nevertheless, ambulances and different autos having any sort of emergency had been allowed to cross,” mentioned Darshan Pal, president of the Krantikari Kisan Union.
He mentioned farmers additionally held dharnas at varied toll plazas within the state.
“We had been protesting the police motion towards farmers in Sirsa, Haryana. They weren’t allowed to protest, water cannons and tear gasoline was used, and later, they had been evicted from the positioning,” Pal mentioned.
A farmer protesting close to a toll plaza in Ludhiana hit out on the Centre, saying, “It doesn’t perceive the ache of the farmers. Our colleagues had been protesting in Sirsa towards the farm legal guidelines, however their voice was suppressed.
“The central authorities claims that these legal guidelines are for our profit, however they need to perceive if farmers are sad, what’s the value of those legislations then,” he requested.
Farmers protesting in Amritsar and in Hoshiarpur’s Tanda mentioned the brand new farm legal guidelines won’t solely “hit them however labourers and small shopkeepers too will likely be impacted”.
A protest was held close to the Shambhu border, blocking the nationwide freeway in direction of Ambala.
Haryana Police had on Tuesday used water cannons and tear gasoline to disperse agitating farmers, who tried to cross barricades and proceed in direction of the residences of Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala and his grand uncle and Energy Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala in Sirsa situated barely 200 metres from the protest web site.
The farmers had been searching for resignations of Dushyant Chautala, a JJP chief, and Ranjit Singh Chautala, an Impartial legislator, from the Manohar Lal Khattar authorities over the lately enacted farm legislations.
In the meantime, in reply to a query, Pal mentioned the Centre ought to take heed to the considerations of the farmers.
“The federal government ought to name us by extending a correct invite and take heed to our considerations. Not solely farmers, however so many events are opposed to those legal guidelines, which suggests there’s something controversial on which a dialogue needs to be held.
“They need to name us on some official discussion board. Both the prime minister can discuss to us or they will kind a parliamentary group or authorise some Group of Ministers to debate issues. They need to contemplate these voices of protest from Punjab, Haryana and different components,” the Krantikari Kisan Union president mentioned.
Farmers are persevering with their ‘rail roko’ agitation towards the agri-related legislations throughout Punjab. Rail tracks are blocked at 33 locations within the state. Protesting farmers have staged sit-ins exterior a number of petrol pumps, toll plazas and purchasing malls.
Many are additionally sitting on ‘dharnas’ exterior the homes of some BJP leaders.
The farmers have mentioned they’d proceed their agitation until their demand for revocation of the farm legal guidelines was met.
They’ve expressed apprehension that the Centre’s farm reforms would pave a manner for dismantling of the minimal assist worth system, leaving them on the “mercy” of huge corporates. PTI